THE INTERNATIONAL ORGANIZATION FOR THE ELIMINATION OF ALL FORMS OF RACIAL DISCRIMINATION (EAFORD)
5 route des Morillons, CP 2100.  1211 Geneva 2, Switzerland
Telephone & Fax: 788.62.33 
 

Dear Mr. Ibrahima Fall, Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights, 

We listened carefully to your remarkable statement during the meeting of 22 April 1996, with representatives of non-governmental organizations, which took place at the United Nations in Geneva.  The participants observed and admired the efforts you exerted in order to strengthen the relations between NGOs and the Centre for Human Rights, as well as your efforts to assist NGOs in accomplishing their humanitarian mission.  Your positive and guiding remarks in this regard had an effective and a desirable impact on all those who attended the meeting.  Furthermore, we took notice of what you mentioned concerning the lack of financial resources at the United Nations to strengthen these relations and to reach the noble aims and objectives that you strive to achieve.  We believe that all the participants at the meeting share your hope for finding the solutions to the problems that you are encountering in this regard. 

At the same time, we had an important viewpoint concerning a related matter which we wrote about in a statement to the Secretary-General on the occasion of the fiftieth Anniversary of the United Nations (enclosed please find a copy), and we are certain that the subject deserves persistent efforts which you are capable of exerting in order to reach this humane and noble goal.   

We think that the financial aspect should not be a deterring obstacle in the way of great human aspirations.  In our opinion, people not governments, should be sought to pave the way for the future of the struggle for human rights.  As we mentioned in the letter we addressed to the Secretary-General, intricate political interests that are not devoid from the selfishness and shortsightedness of some politicians influence governments.  Whereas it is the peoples of nations that are the ones with the real interest in the field of human rights. 

We are unaware whether the articles and bylaws of the United Nations would recognize efforts as calling upon the peoples of nations, especially those desperately afflicted and oppressed ones in the Third World, to make contributions to the Centre for Human Rights at the United Nations.  We are certain that many would respond to the call with enthusiasm and generosity. 

Dear Sir, if such suggestions are in line, then we hope that you will give some thought and consideration to organizing a committee within the Centre for Human Rights to study this prospect from its legal standpoint, and to find the ideal way to invite the peoples of nations to send donations and to share jointly in your struggle to promote the human rights of every human being wherever this human being may be. 

We wish you success in your efforts and all your future endeavors. 

EAFORD (GENEVA OFFICE)
May / 1996