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COMMISSION ON HUMAN RIGHTS
Fifty - seventh session (19 March - 27 April 2001)
this meeting, and in the presence of many nongovernmental organizations
and States delegations, whereat we are discussing human rights whether
for the eastern, western, northern or southern human being without
distinction of race, religious or national origin, it is important for
our organization to address the basic principle and standard for human
rights which is to promote equality and justice for human groups
worldwide. Equality and
justice cannot be applied differently in the East, West, North or South.
The application of Justice must be based on the same equal
standards for everyone no matter where or whom it is being applied by or
applied upon. International laws should be applied evenhandedly throughout
any State, inclined by its power and selfish interests as well as its
arrogance and strength, carelessly tampered
with this critical standard of equal justice, then the breaching of
justice will not be the only outcome, but it will also result in a
deviation from and an infringement upon other social, economical and
ethical standards which could have very serious consequences.
The least of which are violence, terrorism, wars and other
tragedies that can be inflicted upon humanity.
groups that suffered from the tragedies of wars in the first half of the
past century succeeded in establishing a council and assigned it the
responsibility of securing peace and upholding the standards of justice
in relation to international conflicts and the serious consequences
these conflicts could impose on humanity at large.
This council, and we mean the Security Council, was able to
arrive to the resolution of many conflicts and to end potential dangers
of tragic wars.
we have witnessed during recent years that the Security Council has fell
under the hegemony of the American veto with its ambition, arrogance,
and indifference to the standards of equality and justice.
This disruption has had a negative ripple effect on international
affairs compounded by flagrant inequalities in the application of
well-established human rights standards, leading to acts of hate,
violence and terrorism and their consequences of tragedies and wars.
Security Council which was assigned the responsibility of securing peace
and upholding the standards of equality and justice when resolving
international conflicts which humanity is bound to face, issues its
resolutions by the simple majority of eight over seven members except
when vetoed by one of the five States with a special veto right.
This veto would be acceptable when exercised over the simple
majority. However, when
there is consensus over a resolution, but it is stopped, as it has
happened several times, by the American veto, it is an indication of a
major disturbing factor in applying standards of justice, which must be
rectified, or all other human rights standards and their positive
implications in securing peace and justice would be compromised.
those who are concerned about the fate of this planet feel that American
foreign policy has become one of double standards, especially in
relation to the highly critical region, which is the cradle of
civilizations and divine prophecies.
The double standard of American foreign policy concerning what
they falsely named the “Middle East” to conceal this region’s Arab
identity, warns of dreadful consequences concerning the future of
humanity. We believe that
there is no solution to confront the dangers American foreign policy is
imposing on the world except through re-establishing the necessary
balance of power in the Security Council.
In other words, we think that whenever there is consensus over a
Security Council resolution, but it is vetoed, the veto should be
referred to the International Court of Justice to examine the
justification for the veto and to rule on whether it is acceptable or
International Court of Justice can rule in favor if it found the veto to
be justified or it can rule out the veto if it found it to be
issue requires a firm and forceful stand especially from nongovernmental
organizations. We plead to
them to join our efforts to achieve this worthwhile goal.
experts and members present in this meeting can also contribute to this
recommendation by officially incorporating this proposal into a
resolution for the 57th session of the Commission on Human Rights.