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
Fifty - eighth session (18 March - 26 April 2002)
Racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and all forms of
What we and everyone have observed during recent years and
especially during recent months is the liquidation and mass killing of
people through starving them, and striking thousands of tons of bombs
and missiles of mass destruction at them and at the basic cultural,
economic, and industrial infrastructure on which they stand.
This has become justifiable in international politics and under
the umbrella of the United Nations in which we are considered affiliated
nongovernmental organizations with consultative status.
Clearly this inhumane and utterly uncivilized phenomenon,
perpetrated by those who claim to be more advanced and civilized, is not
free from the remnants of racist ethnic contempt.
This racist ethnic contempt, based on religion or beliefs, is
merged in a subtle way with serving the self-indulgent interests of a
superpower that is dictating by force the fate of the people of the
The manner in which some have tried to fight international
terrorism is, in fact, terrorism in itself in its ugliest form and
launching thousands of tons of bombs and striking hundreds of missiles
of mass destruction against poor and desperate people who are so
defenseless that they lack even the means to prove their innocence from
the allegations and accusations made against them, is the primary source
to the phenomenon of international terrorism.
History tells us that we reap what we saw and those who loathe
and oppress can expect to reap what they saw multiplied, or so says
The people of the world were astonished and deeply troubled by
the statement about the “axis of evil” as uttered by President Bush
since it hints to the introduction of a new war in a highly strategic
region with a potential of multiple explosions that could spread
worldwide. The arrogance
coupled with the ignorance of the strong can bring untold misery to all.
From the very first moment the American President declared it: a
crusade. He was followed by
Silvio Berlusconi’s statement about the Islamic civilization being
different and not rising to the standards of the Western civilization.
A statement which made him not only a hypocrite appealing to the
American President, but also showed, at the same time, his lack of
knowledge about European history and the history of Italy in particular,
especially concerning what Arabs and Muslims brought to European
civilization and how they helped restored its Grecian civilization with
many of the historical efforts of Arab and Muslim intellectuals,
scientists and philosophers.
Just as the American President offered an apology for his
blunder, which was quite a regrettable one, so did the Prime Minister of
Italy. However, any
psychologist would analyze those Freudian slips as revealing of what
lies psychologically beneath the surface which is racism emanating from
the lack of knowledge about basic historical facts.
The force overpowering the region without systematic or
historical ties is an imminent and impending threat that could endanger
world peace and result in serious consequences.
It is a dangerous force threatening not only others, but also
itself. Therefore, it must
be confronted by all legitimate means as constituted by international
The inhuman outcomes resulting from the racist arrogance of this
massive force and shocking humanity’s conscience has become a tragic
widespread phenomenon. It
is causing despair and sorrow in the despondent and oppressed
populations of this planet and is considered a cruel affront to humanity
which will not be forgiven by future generations.
NGOs represent to a large extent the conscience of humanity and
have the solemn duty to declare their standpoint and to firmly address
and confront these senseless and mindless acts.
Their objections must be heard by those in charge of these
affairs throughout the world including here in the United Nations and
Security Council. We are
seriously beginning to question and wonder about where the United
Nations and its Secretary-General stand concerning what is taking place
in the world nowadays??!!
We continue to hope and repeat our call for the people of the
world to keep on believing in this great institution, the “United
Nations”, since any shaking in its credibility or loss of confidence
and trust in its mission will mean a real jeopardy of a wider scale and
beyond the bounds of reason for this world.