ORGANIZATION FOR THE ELIMINATION OF ALL FORMS OF RACIAL DISCRIMINATION
5 route des Morillons, CP 2100. 1211 Geneva 2, Switzerland
Telephone & Fax: 788.62.33
Secretary-General of the United Nations, Dr. Boutros Ghali,
What we have noticed and everyone has observed during recent
years and particularly during these present days is what has become a
clear and reoccurring phenomenon that imposes itself upon us via
television screens, reminding us of the Nazi and fascist crimes
committed against humanity in the thirties and forties of this century.
Tragically, similar atrocities are being committed again through
ethnic cleansing, mass killing, and the deliberate starving of people or
by destroying the economic, industrial and cultural infrastructure upon
which nations stand. Such
techniques are being currently used to justify international politics
under the umbrella of the United Nations with which, we NGOs, are
associated and have consultative status.
It is evident
that this inhumane phenomenon, regardless of the political
justifications for it, is one that is not devoid of detestable and
loathsome racial elements irrespective of whether the nature of the
conflict and hate is ethnic, religious, or ideological.
In an obscure way these racial elements have infiltrated the
interests of the superpowers, who in turn, have been able to influence
the decisions of the United Nations.
The massacres and human disgrace witnessed in Lebanon, what
has been happening in Chechnya, what the Palestinians have been forced
to face, and all that has been taking place in the Balkan region; the
state of disease and starvation imposed on the children of Iraq, the
hardships that the Libyan people are encountering, the continuing
fighting and killing in South Sudan for fifteen years, and other
inhumane circumstances that keep shocking humanity’s conscience have
become a tragic phenomenon prevailing worldwide and spreading despair
and misery in the desperate and oppressed population of this planet. It
is a cruel curse upon humanity’s forehead for which future generations
will not forgive us.
We believe that NGOs, which represent to a large extent
humanity’s conscience, have the solemn duty to strongly and
incessantly summon you regarding this matter.
Our objection to these shameful circumstances must be made known
to all the officials of the United Nations.
We are confident that the Secretary-General will give his serious
attention and consideration to our grave concerns and to how we stand on
these issues and will utilize his international authority and influence
effectively to help ease the suffering of these afflicted and
We repeatedly state that our desire and ultimate hope is for
the people of the world to continue believing in this great
international organization --The United Nations-- because any change in
its role or loss of trust in its mission conveys an imminent and a real
disaster for this world indeed.
We wish you success in your efforts and all your endeavors.