ORGANIZATION FOR THE ELIMINATION OF ALL FORMS OF RACIAL DISCRIMINATION
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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
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
May / 1996