Sri Lanka joins call for Human
Special Session on Gaza
The Permanent Mission of
Sri Lanka to the United Nations Office at Geneva
22nd January 2008
Sri Lanka joined the call for a Special Session of the United Nations
Human Rights Council on the violations arising from the Israeli incursions
into occupied Palestinian territory.
Sri Lanka joined 21 other states including India, Pakistan, China,
Russia, Brazil and South Africa in calling for the Special Session to
be held on Wednesday, 23 January 2008 at the United Nations in Geneva.
The Human Rights Council will hold a Special Session at the request
of the Group of Arab States and the Group of the Organization of Islamic
Conference (OIC) to consider and take action on "human rights violations
emanating from Israeli military incursions in the Occupied Palestinian
Territory, including the recent ones in occupied Gaza and the West Bank
town of Nablus".
In order for a Special Session to be convened, the support of one-third
of the membership of the Council (16 members or more) is required. The
request for the Special Session was signed by the following Member States
of the Council: Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Bolivia, Brazil, Cuba, China,
Djibouti, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Jordan, Malaysia, Nicaragua, Nigeria,
Pakistan, Qatar, the Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, South Africa,
Sri Lanka, Syria and Uruguay.
The Special Session will start at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, 23 January in
Room XVII. There is a possibility that it will continue on Thursday,
This will be the fourth Special Session which the Human Rights Council
holds relating to Israel. The first one concerned Israel's military
incursion in Lebanon and the other two related to Israel's actions in
the Occupied Palestinian Territory. The Council has also held Special
Sessions on the situation in Darfur, Sudan and Myanmar.
HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL TO HOLD SPECIAL SESSION ON 23 JANUARY ON VIOLATIONS
EMANATING FROM ISRAELI INCURSIONS IN OCCUPIED PALESTINIAN TERRITORY