ORGANIZATION FOR THE ELIMINATION OF ALL FORMS OF RACIAL DISCRIMINATION
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on Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities
Forty-ninth session (4 - 29 August 1997)
Item 4: The realization of economic, social and cultural rights
planet, in spite of it being so big, has become very small indeed by
means of technological advancements in modern communications. Whatever problems affect its East affect also its West, and
whatever its South endures and suffers, has its consequences on its
North as well. Latin
America, Africa and Southwest Asia are considered among the areas where
developing countries suffer from complicated and difficult problems,
which warn against more serious explosions threatening the progress of
humanity and its prosperity.
of Malthus theory and its inclination for exaggerations, all of us
notice nowadays, in figures which do not lie, that the population of
this planet has dramatically increased as of the end of this century, an
increase that may reach disproportionate geometrical progression. This alarming increase has been concentrated in the Third
World, or what is known as developing countries.
Such a condition has led to increased poverty and to the
intensification of a vicious cycle of backwardness.
This situation has created a ripple effect leading to anarchy and
bad administration that made people in developing countries unable to
benefit from neither their strategic location nor their rich resources.
It is so much so to the extent that the individual’s annual
income has been reduced in the Third World, to what amounts to less than
one twentieth of that of the annual income of the individual in the
developed countries of Europe and North America.
unbalanced situation prevails in our planet today. Progress, prosperity and luxurious life on one side, while
poverty, ignorance and backwardness are on the rise on the other side.
This same situation must lead, and has already led, to unrest,
violence and terrorism, the acuity and danger of which increase day by
day. No doubt, the
consequences could be disastrous and shall affect mankind worldwide.
After all, we should always keep in mind that the atomic weapon
has started to escape to some whose actions and choice might be
disturbed by desperation and dismay due to the oppression and suffering
that they and their people have endured.
are many economic crises prevailing in the world, as well as, regional
conflicts and their consequences of blood shedding, tragedies and pains;
famine is threatening one third of the planet’s population, and
killing tens and maybe hundreds everyday.
In addition, there are several other issues that the
sub-commission has addressed, directly or indirectly.
Such situations can never be resolved or dealt with by idealistic
and passionate campaigns and the speeches and good wills of those who do
not possess, in their hands, the decisive tools to overcome them.
These significant issues that disturb our planet need an honest,
responsible and sincere resolution by the decision makers, who possess
the means to make such a stand. The
developed countries, especially the western ones in expiation of their
previous guilt and, moreover, for the future welfare of their people,
are the ones that have to bear the responsibility of what has resulted
from their previous colonial policies.
problems do not occur by chance. The
truth is that we are the ones who create these tragedies because of our
moral weakness and our selfishness.
is neither right nor logical that one third of the world’s population
lives on two thirds of the international income, while two thirds of
their brothers and sisters, in the Third World, live on the remaining
third of the income.
is neither right nor logical to silently witness the continuation of
sanctions which devastated Iraq’s infrastructure for almost seven
years and Libya for almost five years even though both countries have
responded to and fulfilled in acceptable ways all of the conditions
imposed by the Security Council on them.
think that the international community and world opinion which is
usually disturbed by isolated incidents involving an explosion of a bomb
or an assassination of a person cannot tolerate the ongoing tormenting
of an entire people consisting of eighteen million Iraqis who have been
deprived of their sources of livelihood and the only means of feeding
their women and children, and who bear no guilt whatsoever in any of the
political conflicts in this world.
are afraid that although we are embarking on the 21st century yet the
liquidation of people by mass killing, starvation and destruction of
economic, industrial, educational and cultural basic structures on which
a society is built still takes place, and due to ethnic, racial,
religious or ideological reasons. Without
a doubt, if this continues it will be a disgrace for which future
generations will not forgive us.
some of the sanctions were cruel and lacked rational justification,
since it has been verified that the people of Iraq have responded to and
fulfilled all of the conditions imposed by the Security Council on them,
then the continuation of the sanctions against the people cannot be due
to anything but to unwholesome and unjustified political reasons.
take this opportunity to guard the United Nations and its respective
councils to which we appeal for security and justice in order to make
sure that the UN will not be a tool in the hands of those who have
international public opinion, its agencies and non-governmental
organizations call upon the United Nations to work seriously on ending
this tragic and deviant situation.
is our great hope and greater wish that the people of the world will
continue believing in this tenacious organization; “The United
Nations.” Any shaking in
this belief will indeed mean a real world disaster.
we really and truly believed that this world is but one family, created
into tribes, peoples and nations to recognize each other and cooperate
together to realize humanity’s dream of all that is Right, Good and
Justice, then we should assume and hope that the responsibility of
realizing this high and noble aim lies on our big ones before the
smaller ones, on our strongest before our weakest, and our leading
scientists before the less educated and illiterate ones among us.
more powerful ones among us, who have reached high levels of progress in
science and technology, have to assist their brothers and sisters in
humanity to attain the same level.
The idea of keeping technology and modern sciences out of the
reach of the Third World is the most dangerous call that faces the world
and threatens it with the worst results which the Westerns world itself
will reap its spikes in the long-run.
we must stop these media and propaganda oriented donations.
What the Third World needs is neither food, which will be eaten
by the strongest among them, nor arms that tyrants will use against the
weaker ones. The Third
World needs the means to advance and progress.
This aim cannot be realized except through education, and
the foreign aid that is offered by developed countries to developing
regions, which should be multiplied many folds, must not be dispersed
except via an international law for the construction of schools,
educational institutions and universities.
are many billions of dollars every year in foreign aid, but most of it
is dispersed like dust in the wind as we have already mentioned. These billions could have established thousands of schools
and tens of universities. Consequently,
education can potentially direct hundreds of thousands of youth in the
developing world in the right path to extract the wealth of their
countries for the benefit of the whole world.