ORGANIZATION FOR THE ELIMINATION OF ALL FORMS OF RACIAL DISCRIMINATION
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ON HUMAN RIGHTS
Fifty - fifth session ( 22 March - 30 April 1999)
17: Promotion and protection of human rights
Madam Chairperson and distinguished colleagues,
In this climate of adversity and tragedies that human beings
inflict on each other, we have to think seriously of how to make the
international mechanisms, which are the only instruments we have,
effective and viable forces in resolving international conflicts and
appeasing the bloodthirsty instinct thriving inside of man.
The United Nations is the only refuge and must be free from
monopoly in order to make the people of the world believe in its mission
For days, we have listened carefully to statements on behalf
of some of the people of this planet that suffer from mass deportation,
massacres, and genocide. Crimes
the devils themselves would be ashamed of their brutal and evil nature.
What has befallen and is still befalling these people especially
the Palestinian people of oppression and persecution lasting more than
fifty years is an affront to human dignity at large and an affront to
the letter and spirit of the very meaning of the word “human being.”
We do not wish to repeat the details of the atrocities
committed against the Palestinian people and the horrific facts cited by
our colleagues in regards to what has befallen the people of the Balkan.
Such wickedness is supposed to profoundly shock humanity’s
conscience and disgrace the most graceful among us.
It makes us wonder where international law is in all of this
Where are the international human rights instruments ??!
Where is the General Assembly of the United Nations, and
where is the Security
The world society that issued at the beginning of this
century the Charter of the United Nations and gave the right of veto to
superpowers as USA and Britain, was a right aiming at preventing hostile
acts of aggression by the strong and powerful against the weak and
unarmed. Such right of veto
provided for rescuing future generations from the misfortunes and
bloodshed of warfare. Wars
that twice before brought upon one generation misery beyond description.
Nevertheless, hostile transgressions of the strong against the
weak are still being committed everyday and threatening international
peace. Yesterday against
Libya and Sudan, today against Iraq and the Balkans, and tomorrow no one
knows whose turn it might be. All
this is done in violation of international laws and the Charter of the
UN and out of the context of Security Council resolutions.
One of the causes of the problem humanity faces every day is
that of the world media. As
it has reached almost every corner of the earth, the world media has,
more often than not, used subjective data - from dubious and
questionable sources. In an
ingenious way, through employing biased and selective reporting
techniques, the world media imposed a propaganda on the world, which is
driving everyone downward as nations, and people stumble in darkness.
Fitting a lie the attire of truth is much more dangerous and
destructive than outright lying since very few viewers exercise the
necessary caution or have a sufficient grasp of the facts. Fitting a lie the attire of truth involves emphasizing half
of the truth and intentionally overlooking the other half.
It also involves attaching significance to the insignificant
while making what is significant appear to be insignificant.
Such world media practices rely on misrepresentation of the truth
not in the ordinary sense of falsification, but rather, in a complicated
and clever fabrication of misinformation.
The role world media has played and continues to play is an
invisible and subliminal one, detected only by experts highly
specialized in their given fields.
World media and the influence few powerful pressure groups
have over it has become an indisputable realty. It has been turned into an underhanded weapon against the
human mind, which is in a state of paradoxical turmoil. If not altered, this situation will eventually lead to grave
and dangerous consequences. Internationally
recognized human rights instruments and laws must be fully implemented
to confront those who knowingly mix what’s false with what’s true ?
The preamble of the Charter of the United Nations states:
“We the People of the United Nations”
These words have their depth and powerful meaning, and “We
the people of the United Nations” must preserve them in our conscience
and guard them through our work. NGOs
participating in this conference and even those who are not
participating truly represent the people of the world.
Therefore, NGOs must rise to the challenge of highlighting the
problems and identifying the solutions to prevent the recklessness of
the strong and powerful from exposing the world to an imminent disaster.
EAFORD calls upon the international community and NGOs to
support the following recommendations, which our organization considers
as essential and of utmost importance:
(1) To call on the Secretary-General of the United Nations to
condemn in the strongest possible terms any use of military force out of
the context of Security Council resolutions.
(2) To call on the General Assembly to find ways and means to
enhance the effectiveness of the Security Council in discharging its
principal role of maintaining international peace and security.
Consultations should be started to work toward seeking a possible
solution to the right of veto and its interference with
resolutions adopted by consensus. We recommend devising
appropriate measures and procedures for ensuring the forwarding of any
veto interfering with a resolution adopted by consensus to the
International Court of Justice for a final decision in support or
against the veto. (EAFORD
submitted a letter to the Secretary-General in this regard and we hope
it will receive the necessary support).
(3) To call on the Secretary-General to work in cooperation
with the General Assembly to promote the application of the articles and
clauses of the Charter advising and requiring the forwarding of
international conflicts to the International Court of Justice, and for
military force not to be used before a judgment is issued by the
International Court of Justice.
(4) To call on the Secretary-General to initiate plans in
cooperation with the General Assembly for the establishment of a United
Nations global satellite channel network, translated in all of the
official languages of the UN. The
global satellite network should be under the supervision of the General
Secretariat and should transmit the work and conferences of the United
Nations and provide press coverage to shed light on issues of concern to
international cooperation and human solidarity.
Could our recommendations be oversimplifying complicated
international matters ?Could we be aspiring for outlandish ideals beyond
humanity’s reach ?
It may seem so, but we acknowledge that humanity’s greatest
strides toward peace and prosperity and the prevention of wide scale
pain and suffering were made possible because of similar aspirations.