HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL HOLDS INTERACTIVE DIALOGUE ON REPORTS ON RIGHT TO ADEQUATE HOUSING AND ON MINORITY ISSUES
12 March 2008
The Human Rights Council this afternoon held an interactive dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on adequate housing as a component of the right to an adequate standard of living and the Independent Expert on minority issues.
Interactive Dialogue on Reports on Adequate Housing and on Minority Issues
IMAD ZUHAIRI (Palestine), speaking on behalf of the Arab Group, said that the right to housing was a basic human right and the Arab Group supported the continuation of this mandate. Further efforts were needed to improve results and to mobilise the world opinion in order to improve technical cooperation between Governments and relevant United Nations bodies. When speaking about the right to housing, the Arab Group had to raise the violations and Israeli measures that continued in Palestine and occupied Arab territories including the building racist separation walls, destroying villages and placing settlers in place of the original inhabitants which were contradictory to the Geneva accords and international humanitarian and human rights law. The Arab Group also strongly condemned the Israeli occupation power for annexing occupied Jerusalem with the aim of making it more Jewish and destroying its historical sites. The latest decision concerned the decision to build 750 new settlement units and approving another 400 units. Since the end of the Annapolis Conference, Israel had decided to build more new settlement units in east Jerusalem than was carried out in 2005.
For use of the in formation media; not an official record H RC08023E
Document Type: French text, Press Release, Statement
Document Sources: Group of Arab States, Human Rights Council
Subject: Fence, House demolitions, Human rights and international humanitarian law, Occupation, Separation barrier, Settlements, Shelter, Wall
Publication Date: 12/03/2008