ORGANIZATION FOR THE ELIMINATION OF ALL FORMS OF RACIAL DISCRIMINATION
5 route des Morillons, CP 2100. 1211 Geneva 2, Switzerland
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COMMISSION ON HUMAN
Fifty - eighth session (18 March - 26 April 2002)
5: The right of peoples to self-determination and its
application to peoples under colonial or alien domination or foreign
The intensive offensive military attacks of the strong against
the weak are still committed daily and subjecting world peace to serious
threats and consequences. The degradation and humiliation that the Afghani people had
to undergo; the killing, besieging and bombing of Palestinians and
demolition of their homes and farms on the hands of Sharon and his gang
under the protection of the American veto;
the threats facing the people of Southwestern Asia in Iran, Iraq,
and North Korea due to the arrogance of a force driven towards hegemony
that warns of more evil and devastating outcomes for the world.
All of this is taking place under the umbrella of a media full of
falsifications, distortions, incitements to hatred, and deliberate
eradicating of basic historical facts in a dreadful atmosphere of
deafening silence and an indifference from world leaders and those in
charged, which makes us in an outcry question -
has become of international legitimacy ??!!
is international law in all of this chaos ??!!
is the General Assembly of the United Nations, and where is
Security Council ??!!
One of the causes of great discord humanity is facing has been
long promoted through world media.
As it has reached almost every corner of the earth, world media
has used selective and subjective data in dubious, questionable and
ingenious ways to impose a propaganda on the world.
The media’s dressing and fitting a lie the attire of truth is
much more dangerous and destructive than downright lying since very few
viewers exercise the necessary caution or have a sufficient grasp of the
facts. Fitting a lie the
attire of truth involves emphasizing half of the truth and intentionally
overlooking the other half. It
also involves attaching significance to the insignificant while making
what is significant appear to be insignificant.
Such world media practices rely on misrepresentation of the truth
not in the ordinary sense of falsification, but rather, in a complicated
and clever fabrication of misleading information.
The role world media has played is largely a subliminal one,
detected only by experts highly specialized in their given fields.
World media and the influence few powerful pressure and special
interest groups have over it has become an indisputable realty.
It has been turned into an underhanded weapon against the human
mind, which is staggering in contradictions that will definitely lead to
dangerous and dire consequences. The
media is one of the main reasons behind what we are witnessing today and
behind what we will witness tomorrow of oppression, transgressions, and
wars. So, is there a way to
confront that deceitful media and those who knowingly mix what’s false
with what’s true ?
The preamble of the Charter of the United Nations states:
“We the People of the United Nations”
These words have their depth and powerful meaning, and “we the
people of the United Nations” must uphold them through our work.
Nongovernmental organizations are the ones that truly represent
the people of the world. They
have to firmly and jointly speak against the recklessness of the strong
and powerful whose actions threaten to end this world.
Our organization calls upon the international community and NGOs
to support the following recommendations which we consider of utmost
To strongly and firmly call upon the Secretary-General of the United
Nations to work at ending the massacres committed here and there by the
dictating force, and to openly condemn in the strongest possible terms
during this CHR any use of military force out of the context of Security
To call upon the Secretary-General to work towards seeking a
possible solution to the right of veto and its interference with
resolutions adopted by consensus. We
recommend devising appropriate measures and procedures to ensure the
forwarding of any veto interfering with a resolution adopted by
consensus to the International Court of Justice for a final ruling to
support or to override the veto.
To call upon the Secretary-General to work in cooperation with
the General Assembly of the United Nations on finding a binding article
in the Charter regarding forwarding all international conflicts to the
International Court of Justice, and that for military force not to be
used except after a ruling is issued by that court.
To call on the Secretary-General to try to work towards the
establishment of a global satellite channel network to be transmitted in
all of the official languages of the UN.
The global channel should be operated and directed under the
supervision of the General Secretariat to televise events like the work
and conferences of the United Nations and to encounter deceptive and
misleading media coverage by shedding light on issues of concern to
international cooperation and human solidarity.
Could our recommendations be oversimplifying complicated matters
it be that we are aspiring for outlandish ideals beyond humanity’s
may be so, but we acknowledge that humanity’s greatest strides towards
peace and prosperity and the prevention of wide scale pain and suffering
were made possible because of similar aspirations.