The Economic and Social Council this afternoon adopted dozens of resolutions and decisions recommended to it by its subsidiary bodies on social and human rights issues.
In addition to adopting measures on issues as diverse as Chechnya, illicit trafficking in protected species of wild flora and fauna and establishing a multi-year programme of work for the Commission on the Status of Women, the Council discussed myriad other issues, including the upcoming World Conference against Racism in Durban, South Africa. There was also an update on the activities of the Office of the High Commissioner for Refugees.
Report of the Commission on Human Rights
In a decision on the question of the violation of human rights in the occupied Arab territories, including Palestine, the Council approved the Commission's request to the relevant Special Rapporteur to follow upon the implementation of the recommendations contained in the report of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and those contained in the report of the relevant Human Rights Inquiry Commission.
In a measure on the right to development, the Council, among other things, decided to extend the mandate of the open-ended Working Group on the subject for a further year and to extend the mandate of the Independent Expert on the topic for a further three years.
In a measure on the human rights situation of the Lebanese detainees in Israel, the Council approved the Commission's request to bring Commission resolution 2001/10 to the attention of the Government of Israel and to call upon it to comply with its provisions.
FAYSAL HAMOUI (Republic of Syria) said his country supported the resolution on Palestinian women that was voted upon this morning
CHERYL SIM (the United States) said it was disappointed with the human rights resolution on Sudan. Specifically, it was wrong that it failed to condemn the practice of slavery in Sudan. The Government of Sudan knew the critical steps it had to take to eradicate the problem. The United States also did not support the resolution on Palestine and Israel, for resolutions like this did not improve the prospects for peace in the Middle East.