Op­pres­sion in Vogue

Soon, the Uni­ver­sal Dec­la­ra­tion of Hu­man Rights will cel­e­brate its 70th an­niver­sary.

Uzbekistan Today (English) - - WORLD -

Speak­ing in Geneva at the ses­sion of the UN Council on Hu­man Rights, UN Sec­re­tary-Gen­eral An­to­nio Guter­res stressed: “…it is 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... We are see­ing a groundswell of xeno­pho­bia, racism and in­tol­er­ance, in­clud­ing an­tiSemitism and anti-Mus­lim ha­tred.” He cited many con­crete ex­am­ples of egre­gious atroc­i­ties. In this re­gard, the UN Sec­re­tary-Gen­eral re­called the atroc­i­ties against the Ro­hingya Mus­lims in Myan­mar: “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.”

The “dossier” for Myan­mar, ac­cord­ing to the Sec­re­tary-Gen­eral, was re­ferred to the UN Security Council for con­sid­er­a­tion. The last time this step was taken by the head of the UN was in 1989.

The UN High Com­mis­sioner, Zeyd Ra’ad al-Hus­sein, also is­sued the same tough state­ments, which im­me­di­ately warned that he was speak­ing to the Council as the High Com­mis­sioner for Hu­man Rights for the last time and there­fore will speak with­out baf­fling: “Op­pres­sion is again in vogue. Po­lice states in­fringe ba­sic hu­man rights and free­doms through­out the world ... xeno­phobes and racists in Europe have dis­carded the lat­est de­cency. When the leader ... de­clares that the Jews are to blame for the Holo­caust, and we miss this loath­some slan­der, it’s time to ask: are not we all crazy?”

He de­scribed the events in Syria, the Demo­cratic Repub­lic of the Congo, Ye­men, Bu­rundi and Myan­mar as a ‘mas­sacre’ and ac­cused the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity of in­ac­tion. Ac­cord­ing to al-Hus­sein, what was hap­pen­ing could be pre­vented, but al­most noth­ing was done to ad­dress that.

Uzbek­istan an­nounced in Geneva its in­ten­tion to be elected a mem­ber of the UN Hu­man Rights Council for the period 2021-2023. Such a decision was made in the frame­work of pur­pose­ful work on qual­i­ta­tive im­prove­ment of en­sur­ing the pro­tec­tion of hu­man rights in the coun­try.

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