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the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights
Fifty - fourth session (29 July - 16 August 2002)
2: Question of the violation
of human rights and fundamental freedoms, including policies of racial
discrimination and segregation, in all countries, with particular
reference to colonial and other dependent countries and territories
A few weeks ago, the Secretary-General of the United Nations,
received a letter from a group of prominent writers and renowned
scholars from about twenty countries, some of whom were noble
prizewinners. The letter
was regarding decisions and resolutions issued by the Commission on
Human Rights which held its meeting in Geneva last April.
They highlighted the bloody struggle in Palestine, which reached
a tragic level, where all international conventions and human right
treaties were violated. And
where war crimes, as well as crimes against humanity are committed daily
and with more frequency against the Palestinian people.
Palestinians are subjected to an ugly occupation and live in
inhuman conditions, which may lead to unfavorable dire consequences.
Meanwhile, the arming and militarization of the Israeli society,
which did not bring it security or progress, has dramatically been on
the rise with devastating counterproductive effects.
To cover up the slaughter of the unarmed Palestinians on Israeli
hands, Sharon prevented even human rights defenders and organizations,
as well as the United Nations from doing their humanitarian work in the
Occupied Palestinian Territories.
Israel’s Prime Minister Sharon not only prevented the United
Nations envoy on human rights from entering the bombed refugee camps and
Palestinian cities that were totally destroyed by Israeli troops, but
also he has continued this massacre with the support of Israelis despite
repeated calls to allow the UN envoy to carryout his fact-finding
mission and in spite of a strong Security Council resolution, which
included the formation of an Investigation Committee to report what
happened in Jennin refugee camp.
The important letter was concluded by calling upon the United
Nations to reaffirm without any further delay the necessity of having
two independent States with equal rights and mutual respect for both
people (Israelis and Palestinians) to live side by side in historical
Palestine. For practical
considerations, that means the recognition of Palestinian sovereignty
over the borders of June 4th, 1967 including East Jerusalem.
This is a solution that should be enforced and protected by the
Has the Secretary-General of the UN been able to do anything
regarding this letter or other calls and cries??
Never and nothing!! Not
as long as there is an imposing and militarized global hegemonic force
superpowering the work of the UN and influencing the Security Council
while succumbing at the same time and yielding to the octopus of the
Zionist media and political propaganda.
It is a duplicity that has been so much so lately that dealing
with double standards has become the rule not the exception.
Therefore, what needs to be concentrated on during this present
period human society is undergoing is to expose the unfair double
standards and downright duplicity in the words and actions of the world
superpowers. Human rights
organizations worldwide must take a firm and uncompromising stand to end
double standards and to expose those who practice and promote them.
In fact, the underscored points in the open letter sent by the
internationally prominent writers and renowned scholars can be
considered a message of caution directed at human society regarding the
impending threats that surround them. This is especially so if the policy of double standards
continues to influence the decisions of superpowers.
These threats will surround human socity also as long as the
superpowers control and direct the resolutions of the Security Council
and their enforcement, as well as the rest of the work of the UN
according to their interests and views.
President Bush’s speech in late June regarding Palestine and
the Arab world was vague in general and did not touch the core of the
problem. Instead, it went
around the bushes to avoid facing the real legal and moral
responsibility of fully implementing Security Council resolutions 242,
338 and 194. To do so means
an end to the occupation, the return to June 04, 1967 borders,
withdrawal from East Jerusalem, the establishment of a Palestinian
State, the return of the refugees to their land and the dismantling of
the Israeli settlements. This is the essence of a solution for the conflict.
What President Bush said only further complicates the issues.
World public opinion is not stupid.
It is aware of the political games by which superpowers try to
cover up actions and policies of double standards.
People, especially in the Third World feel great dismay, pain and
bitterness regarding what they witness daily in the Occupied Territories
in Palestine. They see Palestinians’ agony, blood and tragedy while the
resolutions of the Security Council are either ineffective and vague or
People question, where is the enthusiasm, if not viciousness, by
which Security Council resolutions have been enforced in Iraq and other
countries in the Third World? People
further question, where is the enthusiasm, if not viciousness, which is
vigorously displayed when imposed sanctions are swiftly and so strictly
enforced that the infrastructure of sovereign States like Iraq and other
countries in the Third World is dismantled and destroyed, and infants
are killed through suffering a sanctioned ruthless slow death?
How come this enthusiasm in enforcing Security Council
resolutions is not seen in the case of the atrocities taking place in
the Occupied Territories of Palestine?!!
Tragedies and wars do not just happen by pure chance.
We are the ones who create and orchestrate them.
We cultivate the atmosphere and conditions to inflame and spread
these tragedies and wars. International
terrorism which is beginning to spread throughout many regions of the
world is the direct and inevitable consequence of the great dismay and
desperation people feel concerning the double standards in the so called
new world order. It is an
introduction to the tragedies, wars and destruction that will soon
We have to be very aware of the wisdom that emphasizes how
children reap tomorrow what parents sow today.
So will non-governmental organizations and the experts in this
meeting strongly and unequivocally state their concerns regarding this
very critical issue??
you Mr. Chairman.