A United Nations report released on Monday (20 November) has accused the Israeli authorities in the Occupied Territories of abusing prisoners and other human rights violations.
SV Soviet Deputy Permanent Representative Yuri Drozdoz speaking in Russian and audience listening (THREE SHOTS)
GV PAN delegates seated
SV Jordanian Permanent Representative Dr Hazam Museibeh speaking in English with delegates listening (THREE SHOTS)
MUSEIBEH: "Mr Chairman, when we all speak about human rights let us not talk about them in the abstract, but move on to do what we can to deliver the victims of their violations from their ordeals. Perhaps the United...Nations, might have to go underground to unravel the whole ugly story of the violations of human rights, since it is far from doing so in the open. Some method must be found to put an end to an untenable and continuing situation. The populations of the occupied territories have no protection whatsoever against tyranny. It is the sacred duty of the United Nations to show this United Nations to show this United Nations responsibility. If Israelis think that our information is incorrect or slanted all they have to do is very simple - is not prove us wrong by making access to the distinguished committee or any arm of the United Nations to see for themselves."
The panel of diplomats recommended that "a suitable mechanism be established to safeguard the human rights of the civilian population, who have been exposed for such a long time of military occupation". Israel has refused to co-operate with the group, which was established by the General Assembly to investigate practices in the Occupied Territories. It comprises delegates from Yugoslavia, Sri Lanka and Senegal.
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Background: A United Nations report released on Monday (20 November) has accused the Israeli authorities in the Occupied Territories of abusing prisoners and other human rights violations. A three-member panel of diplomats who prepared the report expressed profound concern and appealed to the U.N. General Assembly to end Israeli occupation of territories taken during the 1967 Arab-Israeli war. At a special committee meeting on Wednesday (22 November) the Soviet Deputy Permanent Representative Yuri Drozdoz and the Jordanian Permanent Representative Dr Hazam Museibeh both denounced Israeli activities in the Occupied Territories.
SYNOPSIS: Mr Drozdoz said that for twelve years Israel had been holding sway in the Occupied Territories and violating the human rights of the people of these territories. He said that the "ruling circle" of Israel was trying to turn the territories into a "colonial appendage" and a "reservoir of cheap labour".
Mr Drozdoz went on to say that the very fact of occupation was in itself a violation of the human rights of the Arab people of the territories. He accused Israel of wanting to oust and scatter the Arabs in Palestine and criticised Israeli policies, saying that the natural resources of the areas concerned were being plundered, the people persecuted and settlements established for the purpose of "Israelisation".