United Nations’ Criminal Silence over Human Rights Abuses

United Nations Criminal Silence

Maintaining a criminal silence on Israel’s illegal occupation of Palestine to India’s unlawful annexation of Kashmir; acting as a mere spectator of mass genocide in Rwanda to the blood bath in Syria; United Nations -the emblem of international cooperation- founded on the golden principles of prevention of war and fostering peace, couldn’t realize it’s actual vision. It was founded in the backdrop of gruesome world wars with the key aim of bringing peace to the world. But the U.N. has failed to achieve these goals. There is a long and painful history of human rights abuses and mass massacres where the U.N. maintained a criminal silence. At some instances, it even did not hold the transgressors accountable. This has not only questioned its efficacy but has also made most of the international community skeptical about it. 

The systematic flaws in UN structure seem to have hindered the performance of this international organization. The United Nations Security Council system, the concept of veto and the big 5 phenomenon have crippled the United Nations.

Merwah Hamid Qureshi

The U.N. maintains a long and grey history where it refrained from playing its basic and unprejudiced role. It couldn’t do anything to check Israel’s transgression when it occupied more than 80% of Palestinian land, when the Gaza blockade made the lives of Palestinians miserable and when the ill-fated Palestinians were made to be suffered by the Israelites. Amid the continuous calls of Palestinians for help, U.N. couldn’t help them resolve the decade’s long issue. Moreover, the UN remained the dormant spectator during the Cambodian crisis where upto 2 million people were killed by the Khmer Rouge regime. Not only had this but UN also recognized that very regime accused of a mass genocide. Similarly, the U.N.’s approach towards Rwanda genocide -the worst ethnic cleansing- further made the U.N. image quite shady. During the Rwanda genocide 800,000 Tutsis were brutally massacred by the Hutus and up to 250,000 women were raped, but once again UN and its peace keeping mission could only enjoy the whole show from a safer distance.

The United Nations is in a dire need of systematic and financial restructuring. It’s time for U.N. to adopt a neutral approach and Instead of securing the interests of bigger powers it shall protect the rights of ones suffering at the hands of transgressors else it may share the same fate met by League of Nations.

Merwah Hamid Qureshi

Additionally, the Middle East crisis, Iraq war and Afghan war couldn’t grab the positive attention of United Nations. Millions died and millions were displaced owing to the Syrian crisis, US invasion of Iraq and Afghan labyrinth but U.N. seemed to have its hands bound. This very international organization couldn’t even stand by the unfortunate Kashmiris, whom U.N. guaranteed the right of self-determination. The Indian blood bathing of Kashmir for decades doesn’t appear to be a crime against humanity in the eyes of U.N. The unilateral revocation of Indian Occupied Kashmir by BJP regime, the month’s long curfew, the media and communication black out and the killing of innocent Kashmiris couldn’t make U.N. to take an efficient and neutral step to prevent humanity from being massacred. 

Read here: SIMMERING TENSION IN KASHMIR: FUTURE OF U.N AT STAKE

Where lies the Problem?

The United Nations appears to lose the ground on the basis of humanity. The aforementioned facts illustrate the harsh reality that U.N. couldn’t play the role for which this very organization has been founded. The reason for U.N’s dormant behavior and inactivity towards these issues pertaining to human rights appears to be quite systematic. The systematic flaws in UN structure seem to have hindered the performance of this international organization. The United Nations Security Council system, the concept of veto and the big 5 phenomenon have crippled the United Nations. As U.N. is majorly financed by the international giants so it appears to dance on their tunes. It has actually become a puppet and a mouth piece of its sponsors. It has been slammed many a time by the Amnesty International and several other human rights group owing to its callousness towards the grave concern of human rights abuse.

Restructuring

It is evident, that the United Nations is in a dire need of systematic and financial restructuring. It’s time for U.N. to adopt a neutral approach and Instead of securing the interests of bigger powers it shall protect the rights of ones suffering at the hands of transgressors or else it may share the same fate met by League of Nations.

About the Author: Miss Merwah Hamid Qureshi holds an M. Phil Degree from QAU, Islamabad and is also a visiting lecturer for International Relations at National Officers Academy (NOA), Pakistan. She is a freelance writer for online portals including Global Village Space, Geopolitica and Sydney News. Her area of specialization is the changing world International Relations.

Disclaimer: The views expressed in this article are authors own and do not necessarily reflect the editorial policy of The Reader’s Review.

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