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A/RES/51/131


General Assembly

Distr. GENERAL  

20 February 1997

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Fifty-first session
Agenda item 85


                  RESOLUTION ADOPTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY

          [on the report of the Special Political and Decolonization
                   Committee (Fourth Committee) (A/51/592)]


      51/131.     Work of the Special Committee to Investigate
                  Israeli Practices Affecting the Human Rights of
                  the Palestinian People and Other Arabs of the
                  Occupied Territories

      The General Assembly,

      Guided by the purposes and principles of the Charter of the
United Nations,

      Guided also by the principles of international humanitarian law,
in particular the Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of
Civilian Persons in Time of War, of 12 August 1949, 1/ as well as
international standards of human rights, in particular the Universal
Declaration of Human Rights 2/ and the International Covenants on
Human Rights, 3/

      Recalling its relevant resolutions, including resolution
2443 (XXIII) of 19 December 1968, and relevant resolutions of the
Commission on Human Rights,

      Recalling also relevant resolutions of the Security Council,

      Aware of the lasting impact of the uprising (intifadah) of the
Palestinian people,

      Convinced that occupation itself represents a primary violation
of human rights,

      Having considered the reports of the Special Committee to
Investigate Israeli Practices Affecting the Human Rights of the
Palestinian People and Other Arabs of the Occupied Territories 4/
and the relevant reports of the Secretary-General, 5/

      Noting the signing of the Declaration of Principles on Interim
Self-Government Arrangements by the Government of Israel and the
Palestine Liberation Organization in Washington on
13 September 1993, 6/ as well as the subsequent implementation
agreements, including the Interim Agreement on the West Bank and the
Gaza Strip signed in Washington on 28 September 1995,

      Expressing the hope that, with the progress of the peace process,
the Israeli occupation will be brought to an end and therefore
violation of the human rights of the Palestinian people will cease,

      1.    Commends the Special Committee to Investigate Israeli
Practices Affecting the Human Rights of the Palestinian People and
Other Arabs of the Occupied Territories for its efforts in performing
the tasks assigned to it by the General Assembly and for its
impartiality;

      2.    Demands that Israel cooperate with the Special Committee in
implementing its mandate;

      3.    Deplores those policies and practices of Israel which
violate the human rights of the Palestinian people and other Arabs of
the occupied territories, as reflected in the reports of the Special
Committee covering the reporting period;

      4.    Expresses concern over the recent deterioration of the
situation in the occupied Palestinian territory, including Jerusalem,
as a result of Israeli practices and measures and the impasse facing
the Middle East peace process;

      5.    Requests the Special Committee, pending complete termination
of the Israeli occupation, to continue to investigate Israeli policies
and practices in the occupied Palestinian territory, including
Jerusalem, and other Arab territories occupied by Israel since 1967,
especially Israeli lack of compliance with the provisions of the
Geneva Convention relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in
Time of War, of 12 August 1949,1 and to consult, as appropriate, with
the International Committee of the Red Cross according to its
regulations in order to ensure that the welfare and human rights of
the peoples of the occupied territories are safeguarded and to
report to the Secretary-General as soon as possible and whenever the
need arises thereafter;

      6.    Also requests the Special Committee to submit regularly to
the Secretary-General periodic reports on the current situation in the
occupied Palestinian territory, including Jerusalem;

      7.    Further requests the Special Committee to continue to
investigate the treatment of prisoners in the occupied Palestinian
territory, including Jerusalem, and other Arab territories occupied by
Israel since 1967;

      8.    Requests the Secretary-General:

      (a)   To provide all necessary facilities to the Special
Committee, 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
mentioned in paragraph 6 above;

      (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 Department of 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-second
session on the tasks entrusted to him in the present resolution;

      9.    Decides to include in the provisional agenda of its fifty-
second session the item entitled "Report of the Special Committee to
Investigate Israeli Practices Affecting the Human Rights of the
Palestinian People and Other Arabs of the Occupied Territories".

                                                          83rd plenary meeting
                                                              13 December 1996


                                     Notes

1/    United Nations, Treaty Series, vol. 75, No. 973.

2/    Resolution 217 A (III).

3/    Resolution 2200 A (XXI), annex.

4/    See A/51/99 and Add.1-3.

5/    A/51/514 and A/51/516-518.

6/    A/48/486-S/26560, annex; see Official Records of the Security
Council, Forty-eighth Year, Supplement for October, November and
December 1993, document S/26560.

 

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