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15 April 2005
Concludes Debate on Specific Groups and Individuals and the Report of the Sub-Commission; Begins Review of Promotion and Protection of Human Rights
The Commission on Human Rights this morning adopted five resolutions and three decisions on the full realization of economic, social and cultural rights, including texts on the right to education, the realization of economic, social and cultural rights in all countries, access to medication in the context of pandemics such as HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria, the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health, women's equal land and housing ownership, corruption, non-discrimination, and the right to drinking water and sanitation.
The Commission also concluded its general debate on specific groups and individuals and the report of the Sub-Commission on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights, and began its general debate on the promotion and protection of human rights.
General Debate on Specific Groups and Individuals
KATHERINE SCHLITT, of South Asia Human Rights Documentation Centre, said the Ahmadiyya community of Bangladesh had been the target of a vicious campaign of hate speech over the past one and a half years. As a result, the Ahmadiyyas had been the victims of acts of intimidation, including attacks on their mosques, destruction of property, social boycotts, forced evictions and murderous assaults. The Government had failed to investigate these abuses. Instead, a ban on all Ahmadiyya publications had been issued. The acts of violence perpetrated against the Ahmadiyya community stood in flagrant violation of the guarantees enshrined in the Constitution, and in the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which Bangladesh had ratified in 2000. Far from safeguarding public order, the ban gave further ammunition to anti-Ahmadiyya groups in their political campaign for a non-secular State. The international community must exhort the Government to reaffirm its allegiance to the rule of law, and to the supremacy of fundamental rights and freedoms.
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