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27 فبراير 2018 2:46 م
The United Nations calls on world leaders to take greater care of human rights
The United Nations Secretary General Said in His Remarks To Human Rights Council:
As this is the first time I have the opportunity to address a UN body after the Security Council resolution of last Saturday on Syria, allow me please to say a few words in that regard.
As you know I welcome the Security Council’s adoption of a resolution demanding a cessation of hostilities throughout Syria for at least 30 days.
But Security Council resolutions are only meaningful if they are effectively implemented.
And that is why I expect the resolution to be immediately implemented and sustained, particularly to ensure the immediate, safe, unimpeded and sustained delivery of humanitarian aid and services, the evacuation of the critically sick and the wounded and the alleviation of the suffering of the Syrian people.
As you know, the United Nations is ready to do its part.
As I had the opportunity to say in the Security Council itself a few days ago, in particular eastern Ghouta cannot wait.
It is high time to stop this hell on earth.
And I remind all parties of their absolute obligation and international humanitarian and human rights law to protect civilians and civilian infrastructure at all times.
And similarly, efforts to combat terrorism do not supersede these obligations.
This is not to deny that we have made considerable progress in the past 70 years.
People around the world have gained progressively greater freedoms and equality.
Conditions of profound economic misery and exploitation have been improved.
Women’s rights have advanced, along with the rights of children, victims of racial and religious discrimination, indigenous peoples and persons with disabilities.
And perpetrators of horrific human rights violations have been prosecuted by international tribunals.
But it is also plain that the words of the Universal Declaration are not yet matched by facts on the ground.
In practice, people all over the world still endure constraints on -- or even total denial -- of their human rights.
Gender inequality remains a pressing issue – with untold women and girls facing daily insecurity, violence and violation of their rights.
We are seeing a groundswell of xenophobia, racism and intolerance, including anti-Semitism and anti-Muslim hatred.
Far right political parties and viewpoints are seeing a resurgence.
Refugees and migrants are often denied their rights and unjustly and falsely vilified as threats to the societies they seek to join, despite the proven benefits they bring.
Outdated, law-enforcement only approaches to drug control have fuelled violence and human rights abuses and failed to decrease illicit drug use and supply.
And, in several cases, a heightened focus on counter-terrorism is eroding respect for fundamental rights.
The media is increasingly under attack in all regions.
And the space for civil society -- and human rights defenders, in particular -- is shrinking and becoming ever more dangerous.
These are just general trends.
There are also many specific examples of egregious abuses.
The list is dispiritingly long, far too long for me to detail here.
But let me single out the plight of the Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar.
I have travelled several times to Northern Rakhine.
In my experience, the Rohingya are one of the most discriminated against populations in the world – and that was even before the crisis of the past year.
Deprived of nationality, they have been subjected to extreme brutality by military forces and others, and cast out of their homes and country in a clear example of ethnic cleansing.
They are under siege as a group – simply for who they are.
And this is why I took the initiative to write an official letter to the Security Council about this issue.
And this is the first time since 1989 that a Secretary-General has taken such an action.
The Rohingya community desperately needs immediate, life-saving assistance, long-term solutions and justice.
I call on the Government to ensure unfettered humanitarian access in Rakhine State, and I appeal to the international community to support those who have fled to Bangladesh.
The international community needs to come together to support the safe, voluntary, dignified and sustainable return of refugees to their areas of origin or choice, in accordance with international standards.
The recent agreement between Bangladesh and Myanmar can only lead to that reality through massive investment – not just in reconstruction, but in reconciliation.
And full implementation of the Rakhine Advisory Commission recommendations is also vital.
To make human rights a reality for everyone, we need far more determined and coherent action.
We must speak up for human rights in an impartial way without double standards.
And we must invest in human rights and recognize them as values and goals unto themselves – and not allow human rights to be instrumentalized as a political tool.
Member States have defined international human rights law and placed it at the heart of the United Nations.