ORGANIZATION FOR THE ELIMINATION OF ALL FORMS OF RACIAL DISCRIMINATION
5 route des Morillons, CP 2100. 1211 Geneva 2, Switzerland
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4: The realization of economic, social and cultural rights
of the first things that come to mind in relation to racism and racial
discrimination is that it is a phenomenon, which persisted throughout
our human history and resulted in many afflictions and tragedies.
Some of the most recent tragedies that come to mind were the
premeditated plan to annihilate the native Indians, as well as, the
exploitation of Africans in the continent we know now as America.
However, what appears to be happening is that current historical
trends show us clearly that this phenomenon with its ethnic, religious
and racial elements has begun to diminish in its popularity.
Little by little, it is being replaced and re-manifested through
a new scale designed to discriminate between nations and peoples on the
basis of rich vs. poor nations and developed vs. developing countries.
The peoples of advanced nations whose progressive civilization
took strides in science and technology, in general, look condescendingly
and with a sense of superiority upon peoples of less advanced nations.
What makes the gap wider and worse for humanity is that some of
the advanced nations have constantly taken advantage of the negative
circumstances from which developing nations have suffered.
By doing so, advanced nations have gained even more power over
them and have managed to continue exhausting their resources. This is often done in devious and insidious ways that
obstruct any potential for advancement and progress.
Gradually, all of this has led to a major disparity, instability
and imbalanced states in world affairs as witnessed today especially in
comparison between the West and East, and the North and South, whereby
the injustice and oppression are so deep-rooted and widespread that the
inequity is self-evident. Moreover, empirical studies and statistics further support
that two thirds of the world revenues go to one third of the world’s
population. Whereas one
third of the world’s revenue goes to two thirds of the developing
Since the world has become a smaller “Global Village” due to
more efficient and sophisticated communications and transportation
network, it has been easier to follow up its overall momentum.
The general sense of injustice and oppression has devastated the
population of developing nations leading some groups to migrate in
unrestrained large numbers to the developed world.
The negative and tragic consequences of such wide-scale migration
have affected both the migrating people and the population in which they
had to be integrated.
At the same time, this general sense of injustice and oppression
has led some other groups to express opposition and hostility through
severe measures. The
dangerous consequences of such angry rebellion have made the threat of
violence and terrorism a reality for the innocent victims who always end
up paying the price with their lives for crimes they did not commit and
oppressive circumstances they are not responsible for.
We all are sadly aware of what happened in East Africa few days
We all are deeply pained by these human tragedies afflicting
innocent people. However,
any wise person realizes that these tragedies will reoccur and get worse
and more horrific as long as the U.S. foreign policy continues in its
tyranny against helpless nations and their people.
The persisting sanctions which only the United States of America
insists upon enforcing against the innocent people of Libya, Iraq, and
Sudan, is an example of the U.S. reckless disregard to the deprivation
and suffering of the people of these nations.
What our colleague from the “International Educational
Development” organization stated yesterday in regards to Albright’s
remark concerning the sanctions’ killing of one million Iraqi children
and Albright’s total oblivion and unconcern with this tragedy is the
kind of reaction that reflects the immoral trend and supercilious tone
that color the double standards diplomacy of the USA.
Albright could never get away with such mean response if the one
million lost souls were American or European children.
is this discrimination or simply a disgrace?
Whatever it is, we should try to focus and exert our efforts to
address these essential elements and problematic phenomena of
development (i.e. progress and prosperity) on one hand, and
underdevelopment on the other hand.
It is important to highlight this issue rather than to keep
addressing the ethnic, religious and racial symptoms since these seem to
be merely the peripheral side-effects which have commonly and typically
taken priority in previous meetings.
So far, the focus on the ethnic, religious and racial
manifestations has only succeeded in generating recommendations and
drafting resolutions by well-meaning people.
It has neither been effective nor has it had the desired long
lasting impact on human nature and history.
It has proven almost impossible to design effective programs to
get rid of these ill symptoms in society.
Nevertheless, treating the issue from the underdevelopment
standpoint, and as we work seriously on closing the gap, there will be
no space left to exercise superiority or to condone and tolerate
discrimination. The issue
must first be open for discussion and serious study to pinpoint the ways
and means to close this gap between the developed and underdeveloped
nations. Long-term and
short-term programs can aim at the roots of the problem, if only the
leaderships of the developed world realized that this is where the real
interest of its people lies and if they could agree, once and for all,
to work with good intentions to serve these long-term best interests.
The more powerful ones among us, who have achieved high levels of
progress in science and technology, have to assist their brothers and
sisters in humanity to attain the same level, if we truly want to
eliminate discrimination. The
idea of keeping technology and modern sciences away from the Developing
World is the most dangerous call that faces the world and threatens it
with the worst consequences which the Western world itself will reap its
spikes in the long-run.
Combating racism and racial discrimination cannot be done with
kind words or through media and propaganda oriented donations.
What the Developing World needs is neither food, which will be
eaten by the strongest among them, nor arms that the tyrants will use
against the weaker ones. The
Developing World needs the means to develop and progress.
This end cannot be achieved except through education, and
Thus the foreign aid that is offered by developed countries to
developing ones, which, by the way, should be multiplied many folds,
must not be dispersed except via an international law for the
construction of schools, educational institutions and universities.
This is the first step towards paving the path to enhance the
potential for development and, in turn, to fight discrimination.
The leaderships of the developed world must realize that their
exerted efforts in regards to the problem of underdevelopment and its
related consequences of racism and racial discrimination is not only in
the best interests of their own people in the long-run, but also that
such efforts are debts they should pay in expiation of their previous
guilt as bearers of the responsibility of what has resulted from their
previous colonial policies. In other words, they must realize that efforts on their part
are not favors or acts of condescending generosity. What developed nations enjoy today in the Western world is
the result of great strides taken previously by other ancient
civilizations in India, China, Persia, North Africa and North of the
Arabian peninsula such as the Chaldeanian, Assyrian, Babylonian,
Phoenician, Sumerian, and Pharaonic civilizations.
As the American Historian W. Durant stated in his large volumes
titled “The Story of Civilization”, the Western world would be
gravely mistaken if it thought that its civilization and the luxuries it
offers today has been the result of the Greek and Roman civilizations.
The Greek and Roman civilizations were merely elementary students
of the Eastern civilization.
Since non-governmental organizations truly represent the people
of the world, and as stated in the United Nations Charter “we the
people of United Nations,” our organization would like to end this
statement by calling upon members and NGOs to advocate the endorsement
of the following recommendations or resolutions concerning:
1) Asserting that foreign aid offered to developing countries
must be regulated by international law and directed only toward
education, and education alone.
2) Superpowers should be obligated to abide by the laws of
the International Court of Justice.
3) The unilateral veto that the superpowers exercise must be
subservient to the rulings of the International Court of Justice.
We believe resolutions as such are indispensable for
world’s peace and progress.