Friday, 25 April 2008

Too much to ask of the Security Council?

To remind us of the situation in Kenya in December 2007 (which by all means continues today), I felt an irremediable urge to direct some of you to this brief recap by the Human Rights Tribune (April 18, 2008) of a statement made by the UN rapporteur on human rights in the occupied Palestinian Territories, John Dugard, on the ongoing fighting between the IDF and Hamas as he calls for the UN to assume its 'traditional' responsibility as a 'mediator':,3023

To borrow from John:
"The United Nations, acting through the Security Council or the Secretary-General, must do its utmost to protect the lives of both Palestinians and Israelis. Surely it is not too much to ask of the Security Council, and if it cannot act, the Secretary-General, to protect human life, even if it means talking to a group of which it may disapprove politically."

We should still hold hope that this "anti-semite" (for his criticism of [Israel's] policies", that is) who will succeed Dugard, will maintain this laudable resistance to the UN's current approach:,2947

Let us know about your thoughts.

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