ORGANIZATION FOR THE ELIMINATION OF ALL FORMS OF RACIAL DISCRIMINATION
5 route des Morillons, CP 2100. 1211 Geneva 2, Switzerland
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SUBCOMMISSION ON PROMOTION AND PROTECTION
OF HUMAN RIGHTS
Fifty - second session ( 31 July - 18 August 2000)
Item 4: The realization of economic, social and cultural rights
We all know that the utter poverty suffered in some regions
of the earth is not due to the region’s lack of resources.
More often than not, it is due to the local population’s lack
of knowledge about the means and ways to benefit from their region’s
resources be it of nutritional or other viable value.
What we clearly observe today on the world map are wide regions,
which have been deprived of the natural resources to build vibrant
economies due to the deficiency, rigidity, or scarcity of the soil.
Yet some of these regions still have managed with their skillful
knowledge and planning to create the world’s richest economies in lieu
of and despite all these obstacles.
Therefore, it is clear that ignorance and the lack of
skillful knowledge and planning are the main factors, which have led to
poverty and hunger. The
famine we are witnessing in some regions of the Third World has led to
backwardness. In turn, all
of this transformed into massive illiteracy and an inability to be
educated and/or to provide proper education.
It is a dreadful and vicious cycle of correlated negative effects
on humanity at large, including advanced
These inequitable circumstances created racism and racial
critical analysis of these widespread episodes of dire affliction point
in the direction that there is no discrimination based solely on the
ethnic, religious or racial elements. Racism in its essence is based on
people whose favorable circumstances helped contribute to their
advancement, and others whose unfavorable circumstances exposed them to
backwardness. The former
group exercised its sense of superiority onto the other and exploited to
its advantage the negative circumstances at the expense of the agony,
backwardness and starvation of the other.
These realities gave birth to the viruses of hatred and malice
leading to terrorism and violence.
At times it even led to wars for which everyone pays a price, the
advanced and the less advanced.
Racism and racial discrimination and the exercise of
superiority of one group over the other are the basis of so much misery
and tragedy in our human society. Therefore,
it is our duty, especially the duty of non-governmental organizations,
which truly represent the people of the world, to jointly search for
solutions to resolve this problem.
It is our opinion that education is the most attainable solution
and best answer in the present. It
can be done through opening new doors to hundreds of thousands of
schools in the Third World and arming these schools with qualified
teachers. But how can we go
about reaching this goal??
The western world owes huge debts to the Third World that
should be paid. America
should pay thousands of billions of dollars to Africa as compensation
for the lives of millions who were transported as slaves to the two
American continents by the western enslavement machinery during three
all, it was on the shoulders of those Africans that America built its
agriculture movement and to a large extent its industrial revolution and
progress. Europe must also
pay thousands of billions of dollars to Africa, Latin America, and a
large region of Asia since it was European colonization that destroyed
local economies in these regions. It
did so through sacrificing wide-scale local agricultural systems and
replacing them with single product marketing strategies, which
transformed local economies into dependent consumers to serve Europe’s
best interests. In turn, local economies lost their independence and
industrial labor was no longer able to meet the required standards for
The Third World strongly objects to and disapproves of those
artificial and trivial media and propaganda-oriented donations, which
are offered nowadays to mask hundreds of years of oppression.
America and Europe must pay back the true value of compensation
owed to the Third World. Repayment
is imperative if we really and truly aspire to achieve international and
humanistic harmony to prevent feelings of hatred and malice and to
safeguard this planet from violence and the tragedies of wars.
We believe non-governmental organizations, especially
European and American ones, must constantly and strongly call on
advanced nations to seriously fulfill their obligations towards the
Third World. We believe one
of the best ways to guarantee positive results is by building hundreds
of thousands of schools in developing regions, and encouraging millions
of immigrants originally from these regions who reside in Europe and
America by providing them with generous rewards to take charge of
education’s leadership in the proposed schooling institutions.
Since African and Asian immigrants in Europe and America lived
many years in these advanced nations, they are the most qualified and
prepared group of people to carryout this positive mission for
everyone’s ultimate good.