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A/53/259


General Assembly

Distr. GENERAL  

17 August 1998

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                                                      A/53/259
       
                                                      Original: English
       
              
General Assembly
Fifty-third session
Item 85 of the provisional agenda*
Report of the Special Committee to Investigate 
  Israeli Practices Affecting the Human Rights 
  of the Palestinian People and Other Arabs of 
  the Occupied Territories

     * A/53/150.


       Work of the Special Committee to Investigate Israeli Practices
          Affecting the Human Rights of the Palestinian People and
                  Other Arabs of the Occupied Territories
 

                      Report of the Secretary-General

             (in pursuance of General Assembly resolution 52/64)


1.   The present report is submitted in pursuance of General Assembly
resolution 52/64 of 10 December 1997. Paragraph 8 of the resolution reads as
follows:

          "The General Assembly,

          "...

          "8. Requests the Secretary-General:

          "(a)   To provide the Special Committee with all necessary
     facilities, including those required for its visits to the occupied
     territories, so that it may investigate the Israeli policies and
     practices referred to in the present resolution;

          "(b)   To continue to make available such additional staff as may be
     necessary to assist the Special Committee in the performance of its
     tasks;

          "(c)   To circulate regularly to Member States the periodic reports
     [on the current situation in the occupied Palestinian territory,
     including Jerusalem];

          "(d)   To ensure the widest circulation of the reports of the
     Special Committee and of information regarding its activities and
     findings, by all means available, through the Office of Communications
     and Public Information of the Secretariat and, where necessary, to
     reprint those reports of the Special Committee that are no longer
     available;

          "(e)   To report to the General Assembly at its fifty-third session
     on the tasks entrusted to him in the present resolution".
  
2.   All necessary facilities were provided to the Special Committee.
Arrangements were made for it to meet in March, July and September 1998.
Furthermore, the Special Committee carried out a field mission to Egypt,
Jordan and the Syrian Arab Republic in July 1998. Two periodic reports and the
thirtieth annual report of the Special Committee have been circulated to
Member States (A/53/136 and Add.1 and 2).

3.   Pursuant to paragraph 8 (d) of resolution 52/64, the Department of Public
Information undertook the following activities:

     (a)    The Department of Public Information continued to provide press
coverage of the meetings of the Special Committee to Investigate Israeli
Practices Affecting the Human Rights of the Palestinian People and Other Arabs
of the Occupied Territories. Extensive press and audiovisual coverage was also
provided for the meetings of the Commission on Human Rights. The methods used
by the Department to provide this coverage included production of press
releases, publications, television news packages and radio programmes, and
organizing press briefings and briefings for the public;

     (b)    The Department continued to disseminate United Nations information
materials, documents and press releases on the activities of the Special
Committee and the Commission on Human Rights through the global network of
United Nations information centres and services in 69 countries, the 364
depository libraries in 141 countries and electronically through the Internet.
The Department also continued to make information materials available to
non-governmental organizations (NGOs) through its resource centres
in New York and Geneva;

      (c)    The Department of Public Information provided press coverage to
the Special Committee's field mission to Egypt, Jordan and the Syrian Arab
Republic  from 31 July 1998. Press releases about the activities of the
Committee were issued at Headquarters and United Nations Information Service
(UNIS) Geneva, the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) in Cairo (Egypt),
and UNDP offices in Amman (Jordan) and Damascus (Syria); UNIS/UNIC Beirut
(Lebanon) assisted with media coverage during the Committee's mission in that
region.

4.   It should be also noted that, on 15 May 1998, the Secretary-General
addressed a note verbale to all States drawing attention to resolutions 52/64,
52/65, 52/67 and 52/68.

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