The outgoing Chairman of the United Nations Human Rights Commission has claimed that the work of the Commission was being paralysed by lack of will be Governments on the issue of human rights.
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CU Mr Theodore van Boven, Director of The division of Human Rights, speaking in English on Uganda, and delegates listen (10 shots)
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LV Ali Waleed Sadi of Jordan being congratulated on his appointment and taking seat
MR VAN BOVEN: "In his address to the General Assembly last year, the President of Uganda, referring to the nightmare of eight years dictatorship in his country, stated the following: ... 'Our people naturally looked to the United Nations for solidarity and support in their struggle against the fascist dictatorship. For eight years, they cried out in the wilderness for help; unfortunately, their crisis seemed to have allen on deaf ears ... The Uganda situation is merely one example of very serious global problems involving extensive violations of human rights. The increasing number of refugees and displaced parsons is sufficient testimony to the gravity of the situation. ...For how long will the United Nations remain silent while governments represented within this organisation continue to perpetrate atrocities against their own people? Governments come and go, but the peoples of the world remain a permanent constituency of the United Nations. It was for the well-being of the peoples of the world that the United Nations were founded in the first instance. Indeed, it is for their welfare that the United Nations must continue to work. It would be unfortunate if this organisation were reduced to a club of government afraid to speak out boldly for the rights of the citizens of world."
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Background: The outgoing Chairman of the United Nations Human Rights Commission has claimed that the work of the Commission was being paralysed by lack of will be Governments on the issue of human rights. Ambassador Yvon Beaulne of Canada told the Commission at the opening of a six-week annual session in Geneva on Monday (4 February) that the Commission had a duty to intercede on behalf of persons it had reason to believe were threatened over their fundamental liberties. Referring to Kampuchea, deferred from last year without debate, Mr Beaulne said the Human Rights group had chosen to delay the examination of a situation which constituted one of the greatest tragedies of our time.
SYNOPSIS: In the opening session on Monday (4 February), the U.N. Human Rights Director, Mr Theodor van Boven, said the Commission would have to consider whether it was fulfilling the hopes of its founders.
The Human Rights Commission, newly-expanded from 32 to 43 states, elected Waleed Sadi of Jordan as chairman of the current session. The session is due to work on a draft convention against torture, a treaty on children's rights and declarations on religious intolerance, and on minorities. It will also consider specific human rights violations. The United States has said it will press for a debate on the Soviet intervention in Afghanistan.