ORGANIZATION FOR THE ELIMINATION OF ALL FORMS OF RACIAL DISCRIMINATION
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COMMISSION ON HUMAN
Fifty - seventh session (19 March - 27 April 2001)
6: Racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and all forms of
all know that the tragedies and suffering faced by humanity every now
and then invariably occur due to our negligence and hesitation to firmly
confront those whose selfishness and prejudice cause all these
tragedies. This is the way
humanity ends up falling victim to a series of evil actions and adverse
reactions, as in the dark ages when the strong trampled upon the weak
who, in turn, could only wait anxiously for the day to strike back twice
is the tragic scenario which humanity is living today despite the end of
the Dark Age centuries ago. The
cases to illustrate this sad scenario are clear and numerous.
The use of depleted uranium (DU) tipped shells is one example.
Its deadly effect on cancer-stricken soldiers that participated
in NATOís Alliance against Yugoslavia has gained wide media coverage.
In fact, the International Tribunal Against War Crimes has
pointed at the prospect of inquiring about those accountable for these
Mr. Chairman, the western forces had previously used these very
destructive missiles against the Iraqi people, and did so in a more
extensive and harmful manner than it had in the Balkans.
The victims of this lethal weapon that has deadly effects lasting
for generations are in the hospitals of Iraq for every visitor of this
country to witness. However,
the western conscience was not moved and the case was not presented to
world public opinion until after a number of soldiers from western
countries fell prey to the side effects of using this deadly weapon.
racist and double standard attitude is the most dangerous threat facing
humanity during this century. It
is a virus with serious afflictions and agonies stored for humanity.
opinion in the Third World, which represents approximately 80% of this
planetís population, cannot forget the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombs,
nor can it forget the Libyan commercial plane struck by Israeli air
missiles over the Egyptian Sinai Desert, burning its casualties of two
hundred and eighty passengers. And
how could people ever forget the Iranian commercial plane struck over
its own countryís airfield by American fleet missiles.
Libyans cannot forget American air raids on Tripoli and Benghazi
due to the false accusation concerning the West Berlin club bombing
which proved to be wrong after the launching of these unjustified raids.
In addition, everyone certainly recalls the air raids attack on
the pharmaceutical factory in Sudanís capital due to an accusation,
which proved to be false as well. The
aftermath of such raids clearly portrayed American recklessness and
arrogance, which has become the all-familiar style of expression in this
pitiful time and age.
vile and reckless as these crimes, and as contemptuous and arrogant as
the perpetrators of these atrocities have been, they were hardly
denounced or even reproached. Never
have they even given a thought to compensating the victims or at least
offering them an apology. Yet
blockades, embargoes, sanctions and the starving of peoples and killing
of children are only enforced unjustifiably on countries like Iraq,
Libya and Sudan.
this exactly what racism is in its essence and most offensive
manifestations? Are we
still living in the jungle whereat the strong feeds upon the weak??!!
must lead by example. States
racism against States is another form of racism, which must be seriously
addressed by the members of the CHR.
The advanced and powerful western world, Mr. Chairman, has many
active humanitarians and hundreds, if not thousands, of human rights
organizations and their members represent perhaps millions who should
raise their voices to confront their own governments to rid themselves
of their arrogant and racist ways, and the ignorance which could only
bring devastation and destruction for all involved, including the
western world itself, as evident in history which is the greatest