HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL HEARS STATEMENTS FROM
16 DIGNITARIES ON THIRD DAY OF ITS HIGH-LEVEL SEGMENT

27 February 2013 — The Human Rights Council today continued its high-level segment and heard addresses from 16 dignitaries who expressed concern about the situations in Syria, Mali, the Occupied Palestinian Territories and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, and outlined some of the efforts their countries were undertaking in the promotion and protection of human rights.

At the beginning of the meeting, the Council observed a minute of silence in tribute to Stefan Hesel, a leading figure in the human rights movement, who passed away the previous evening.

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The situation of the Palestinian people continued to be of grave concern, as Israel continued to violate the basic human rights of the Palestinian people with impunity.  

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High-level Segment

RUI JORGE CARNEIRO MANGUEIRA, Minister of Justice and Human Rights of Angola, said

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It also supported the efforts of the Palestinian people and the international community that aimed to bring lasting peace to the people of Palestine.  

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PATRICK CHINAMASA, Minister of Justice and Legal Affairs of Zimbabwe, said

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It was a matter of grave concern that Israel continued to violate the basic human rights of the Palestinian people with impunity.  

NIDAL ALKATAMINE, Minister of Labour of Jordan, said

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The question of Palestine was at the core of the conflict in the region.  A just solution had to be found and the legitimate aspirations of the Palestinian people had to be met.  

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AMINATA TOURE, Minister of Justice of Senegal, said that in Africa as elsewhere in the world, including the Occupied Palestinian Territories, significant challenges remained and mobilization was needed to deal with human rights violations, climate change, corruption and illicit enrichment.

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