UN Committee Reports Israeli Human Rights Violations in Occ upied Lands

August 8, 1998 - 0:0
TEHRAN The three-member Special Committee to investigate Israeli practices affecting the human rights of the Palestinian people and other Arabs of the occupied territories has reported a worsening situation in several critical areas. According to the UN Information Center in Tehran, the Special Committee just completed a nine-day field mission to three countries in the region which included interviews with witnesses to human rights situation in occupied Gaza, West Bank, Holy Qods and the Syrian Arab Golan in reaching its conclusions, the Special Committee also cited communications it had received. During a trip that began on July 21 to Egypt, Jordan and Syria, the committee received testimony on Israel settlement policy, confiscation of land, closures, treatment of prisoners and detainees, revocation of residency permits in Holy Qods. It also examined the situation of children, water supply for domestic and agricultural use, health conditions in the occupied territories, movement of goods, and the general economic situation in the area. The panel interviewed witnesses from the occupied regions. It noted that the particular policies and the implementation of intricate measures and regulations by the Israeli authorities appeared to the committee to have immeasurably affected the lives and well-being of Palestinians and Syrian Arabs. The effects were such, the committee said that they called into question the Israeli actions. While in Egypt from July 24 to 25, the Special Committee met in Cairo with two Foreign Ministry officials, Naila Gabr, head of the Human Rights Department, and Fayez Noseir, head of the Department for Palestinian Affairs. Members also met with a representative of the League of Arab States Dr. Hitti. The panel heard testimony from witnesses from West Bank and Gaza. In Jordan from July 26 to 28, the Special Committee met in Amman with Ibrahim Badran, director-general of Department of Palestinian Affairs, and with Rajab Sugairy, director of International Organizations of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The committee heard testimony of witnesses from the West Bank, Gaza and Holy Qods. The committee made a visit to the King Hussein Bridge where it heard testimony from several Palestinians who had just crossed into Jordan. In Syria from July 29 to 31, the Special Committee was received by the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Dr. Nasser Kaddour and by Klovis Khoury, director of international organizations. The committee visited Quneitra Province bordering the occupied Syrian Arab Golan and met with governor of Quneitra. (IRNA)