UN Committee Delays Scrutinizing New Israeli Info on Occupied Territories
The UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights has delayed scrutinizing new information received from Israel on its implementation of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in the Occupied Territories, the committee said in a statement Monday.
Committee members, saying that the document from Israel had yet to be translated into all the required languages, instead decided to draft a letter to the Israeli Mission in Geneva, asking diplomats to attend a meeting when the information is examined during the committee's session in August.
In the committee's 1998 conclusions and observations on Israel's initial report on the status of the Covenant, members requested that Israel provide additional information on the realization of economic, social and cultural rights in the Palestinian Occupied Territories. The information was provided to the committee last month.
The committee also debated and adopted a statement on poverty which recognized that although the term poverty was not explicitly used in the Covenant, it was one of its recurring themes and had always been one of the central concerns of the committee.
The statement reads that the right to work, an adequate standard of living, housing, food, health and education, which are at the heart of the Covenant, have a direct and immediate bearing upon the eradication of poverty.
Furthermore, the issue of poverty frequently arises within the course of the committee's constructive dialogue with "State parties."
In light of experience gained over many years, including the examination of numerous "States parties" reports, the committee expressed the firm view that poverty constituted a denial of human rights.
The statement also said that in the recent past, poverty was often defined as insufficient income to buy a minimum basket of goods and services. Today, the term was usually understood more broadly as the lack of basic capabilities to live in dignity.
The updated definition recognizes poverty's broader features such as frequent illness, poor education, discrimination, vulnerability and social exclusion.
The committee noted that this understanding of poverty corresponded with numerous provisions of the Covenant – Albawaba.com
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