27 February 2018

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The Human Rights Council this morning continued its high-level segment, hearing statements from 19 dignitaries, who highlighted the role of the Council and its mechanisms in the promotion and protection of human rights, particularly its early warning capacities, and national efforts to do the same.

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MOSTAPHA RAMID, Minister of State for Human Rights of Morocco…Turning to Palestine, Morocco supported the Palestinian identity of Jerusalem, and encouraged international efforts to pursue the two-State solution.

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AISHATH SHIHA, Minister of Education of Maldives…The Council was reminded that the State of Palestine continued to exist under Israel’s oppression for more than 70 years. It was time for the international community to speak with one voice on Palestinian statehood. Collective shame needed to be faced for the inability to alleviate the suffering in Palestine and Syria where 11 million people had been displaced. In

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LUWELLYN LANDERS, Deputy Minister for International Relations and Cooperation of South Africa…In conclusion, Mr. Landers voiced unflinching support for the people of Palestine and Western Sahara, noting that no human being could enjoy any human right without the right to self-determination.

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YOUSEF A. AL OTHAIMEEN, Secretary-General of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation…The Organization was also concerned about the continuous plight of the Palestinian people, and it urged the Council to continue highlighting their suffering under occupation.

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AHMED ABDULRAHMAN AL-JARMAN, Assistant Minister for Human Rights and International Law of the United Arab Emirates, Only political solutions in Syria, Yemen and Palestine could bring peace to the region, the Minister stressed. The United Arab Emirates…condemned continued Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories.

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For use of the information media; not an official record

HRC18/008E