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UAE regrets stances of some countries to delete item on Human Rights Council's agenda on Palestinian people's rights

posted on 29/09/2015: 1236 views

GENEVA: Delivering the UAE's address before the Human Rights Council's general debate on the human rights situation in Palestine and other occupied Arab territories, Obaid Salem Al Zaabi, UAE Permanent Representative to the United Nations (UN) and Other International Organisations in Geneva, said the UAE has added its voice to the Arab group in regretting that some countries had decided to boycott item 7 of the Council's agenda.

'Attempts to remove this item from the Human Rights Council's agenda will be an insult to the Palestinian people who are daily suffering the scourge of hunger, and collective punishment and displacement at the hands of the occupying power. Whatever is time dedicated by the council to debate the Palestinian people's rights would not be enough to do justice to those who have been subject to repressive occupation for more than 65 years,' Al Zaabi told the general debate on the human rights situation in Palestine and other occupied Arab territories, being held under item 7 of the 30th regular session of the Human Rights Council.

He added that the council provides a key global forum to expose Israel's policies of hunger, intimidation and oppression.

'Item 7 dealt with systematic human rights violations in the region and did not single out any country,' he explained.

Al Zaabi demanded to know how item 7 can be deleted from the council's agenda in the wake of the UN General Assembly's adoption of the post-2015 sustainable development agenda which says in 35 items, 'We call for further effective measures and actions to be taken, in conformity with international law, to remove obstacles and realise fully the right of self-determination of peoples living under colonial and foreign occupation, which continue to adversely affect their economic and social development, as well as their environment.' 'How will the situation look after this item is deleted, and who will protect the Palestinian people's rights, and who will expose the violence they will face?" he asked.

The UAE, he said, recalled that the UN had recognised the Palestinian people's right to self-determination, and said this item would continue to be relevant until Palestine had a State with East Jerusalem as its capital.

The 30th regular session of the Human Rights Council started on 14th September and will conclude on 2nd October, 2015. – Emirates News Agency, WAM -


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