written by: Fred – Egality Berlin
Today, only minutes after it was revealed that the United Nations Security Council was unable to come to an agreement on the wording or actions to employ against the Assad government in Syria, U.S. Ambassador Susan Rice, and many other diplomats said they are “disgusted that Russia and China prevented the UN Security Council from fulfilling its sole purpose.”
On the other hand it is not even a week ago that most of the very same diplomats were celebrating a ruling by the International Court of Justice (ICJ), which had put sovereignty of nation states above human rights. And this is no exception, let’s for example not forget that the United States of America still refuses to sign the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court.
Beeing a diplomat implies living and representing such double standards. Sadly only a very few question their role in the game. All those diplomats not questioning their role, but instead preserving traditional international law, should be aware that they are also responsible for the consequences of today’s institutional architecture: genocide, famine, climate change, financial crisis, etc.
Let’s be clear though: the responsibility is not on the diplomats alone. Thomas Pogge rightly compares citizens who do not question the current international system that allows one-fourth of the world’s population to live in abject poverty to passive Germans during the Nazi era.
Thomas Pogge on Global Poverty
I therefore call on the citizens of the world to wake up. We have to ask ourself: is global justice possible without global democracy? We finally have to put pressure on those diplomats who are acting in our name against our own will!
And to be clear, I personally do not simply want the United Nations Security Council veto power to be removed. I want the whole system to be changed. I call for democracy at every level, from the local to the global!
Some Links on the issue of UNSC veto power:
- Wikipedia - United Nations Security Council veto power
- Global Policy Forum – The Power of the Veto
- A Facebook page - No Veto power in the United Nations Security Council
- Citizens for Global Solutions - The Responsibility Not to Veto: The Future of Genocide Prevention
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