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Economic and Social Council
7 August 1998
COMMISSION ON HUMAN RIGHTS
SUMMARY RECORD OF THE 47th MEETING
Held at the Palais des Nations, Geneva,
on Wednesday, 15 April 1998, at 6 p.m.
Chairman: Mr. HYNES (Canada)
later: Mr. GALLEGOS CHIRIBOGA (Ecuador)
later: Mr. SELEBI (South Africa)
QUESTION OF THE VIOLATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS AND FUNDAMENTAL FREEDOMS IN ANY PART OF THE WORLD, WITH PARTICULAR REFERENCE TO COLONIAL AND OTHER DEPENDENT COUNTRIES AND TERRITORIES, …
In the absence of Mr. Selebi (South Africa), Mr. Hynes (Canada),
Vice-Chairman, took the Chair.
The meeting was called to order at 6.05 p.m.
QUESTION OF THE VIOLATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS AND FUNDAMENTAL FREEDOMS IN ANY PART OF THE WORLD, WITH PARTICULAR REFERENCE TO COLONIAL AND OTHER DEPENDENT COUNTRIES AND TERRITORIES …
Mr. EL KHAZEN
(Observer for Lebanon) said it was a regrettable coincidence that the celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights fell on the day on which the Israelis had invaded and occupied large areas of southern Lebanon 20 years previously, followed by occupation of West Bekaa in 1982. Those flagrant violations of international law and the United Nations Charter had been followed by largescale military aggression, including artillery bombardments and aerial bombings which had resulted in numerous civilian casualties, the displacement of thousands of families, and widespread destruction of buildings and facilities. The Lebanese resistance, which Israel cited as a pretext for its military operations, was in fact a legitimate response to the illegal occupation. Israel's true objective was to hamper rehabilitation of the Lebanese economy. Recently Israeli aggression had taken the form of kidnapping civilians, subjecting them to illtreatment and torture in the Khiyam detention centre, and denying access to them by the Red Cross. Contrary to the 1949 Geneva Convention, a number of the detainees had been transferred to prisons inside Israel. The 4 March 1998 decision by the Israeli Supreme Court to retain them without trial as hostages and as bargainingchips was both morally repugnant and contrary to those Conventions and the First Protocol.
4.4. For the past 20 years, Israel had consistently refused to comply with Security Council resolution
calling for a withdrawal from all Lebanese territory, and its latest proposal to accept the resolution and withdraw from South Lebanon in return for security arrangements was itself contrary to the resolution, which called for immediate, complete and unconditional withdrawal. Lebanon, which was committed to the achievement of a just and comprehensive peace in the region, was dismayed by the international community's toleration of Israel's defiance of the Security Council's resolutions, and deplored the doublestandards policy practised in its favour. His Government looked forward to the day when the international community would take a just and firm stand, and compel Israel to respect international law and, by ceasing all violations of human rights, enable Lebanese citizens to live in peace and dignity.
The meeting rose at 8.50 p.m