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
ON HUMAN RIGHTS
- ninth session (17 March -
25 April 2003)
18: Effective functioning of human rights mechanisms
The vote of the great Swiss people to join the United Nations is
a promising step towards putting things in order, and transferring the
UN headquarters and activities from New York back to Geneva.
It is the right thing to do and we shall spare no effort or
expense to achieve it. We believe that the American people will join us in our
effort, especially after the honorable stance of the non-governmental
organizations including American ones at the Durban Conference Against
Racism in South Africa, when they joined the world in refusing the
racism and arrogance of the force representing the Zionist influence on
the White House and its policies.
History is a noble teacher and it tells us that when humanity
passed through hard times, people were forced to reexamine their living
circumstances and the realities surrounding them.
In all cases, humanity’s future, well-being and the right to
pursue happiness and security all over the world has been the primary
concern. Because of that,
world leaders had formed the League of Nations after World War I and
selected a city in the center of Europe, which was Geneva to host it.
However, the League of Nations, a great stride for humanity, did
not stand to live for long because of World War II and the destruction
of Europe and suffering of its people.
Therefore, international public opinion and its leadership
decided to avoid similar future tragedies by having the United Nations
organization, which is a revival of the League of Nations.
Since the USA played a major role in ending and winning the war
and due to American pressure and promises, it was able to convince world
leaders to house the UN in New York.
It was a great event, indeed, and half a century later, the
United Nations is still the only hope for a peaceful and favorable
future for all nations. Yet
these great expectations of the United Nations, which are held dearly,
deeply and strongly by people worldwide throughout this planet are
becoming vague, shaken, and ambiguous because of the changes in American
policy. American policy has
shifted 180 degrees from what it was 50 years ago.
This has been evident in the racist and strange decisions and
policies that have shocked everyone by their excessive arrogance and
deliberate ruthlessness in many situations.
In fact, these racist actions and policies of ill will are
happening more frequently as the U.S. continues to stoop so low and to
an alarming degree of pulling the whole world down with it to worse
dangers than what was seen in past wars.
American racist policies and attitudes provide enough evidence to
the world of the unjust and unreasonable path that this country is
taking and which will probably lead to more tragedies and wars.
It is amazing how the U.S. stands on one side against the entire
world regarding some of the challenges and critical questions facing
humanity. It is very sad to
see the U.S. and Israel, for instance, taking the same regrettable
position of withdrawing from the World Conference against Racism in
Durban, South Africa. Furthermore,
the withdrawal of the U.S. from the Quito Treaty is another threat
contributing to the march toward destruction of the environment, and its
freezing of the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START) is a major
setback in the effort to control nuclear arms race.
Worst of all is the refusal of the U.S. to support the
International War Crimes Tribunal to try war criminals.
And the United States shameful use of the VETO tens of times
against the best interests of humanity and against the unanimous votes
of the Security Council. One
veto against fourteen votes, or more like one voice, that is, the USA
against the whole world.
Let us be sincere and ask: How
could the United Nations perform its duties and take balanced and
impartial decisions if its headquarters and main offices are surrounded
with all those pressures and obstacles?
Needless to say how many times the U.S. denied entry visas for
representatives and/or their aides to the UN, not to mention its refusal
to pay some of its financial dues to this organization.
Therefore, Madam Chairman, we believe due to the reasons stated,
we have the right and duty to bring forth the issue of transferring the
United Nations’ headquarters from New York to Geneva.
It is, after all, the original and natural place for the UN to
be, at the heart of the world in Geneva, while at the same time,
recognizing the neutral and peace loving people of Switzerland not only
for joining the United Nations recently, but also for having
historically proven to remain neutral and balanced in the face of world
problems and conflicts.
you Madam Chairman.