FAILURE OF UN TO UPHOLD HUMAN RIGHTS

In the last  meeting of the human rights council, India voted in favor of a resolution against Sri Lanka that called for  its accountability for  violations of human rights  &  war crimes  against the Tamil Lankans in pursuit of their demand for separate Tamil state. This was followed by Indian Prime Minster Skipping  the biennial Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting held in Sri Lanka in .Instead the diplomatic protocol was downgraded and Foreign Minster, Salman Khurshid  was sent to represent India in the meeting as a mark of protest against grave human rights violations of Tamils.

India’s behavior  reminds one of the famous Kettle & pot poem:

"Oh!" said the pot to the kettle;
"You are dirty , ugly and black!
Sure no one would think you were metal,
Except when you’re given a crack."

"Not so! not so!" kettle said to the pot;
"’This is your own dirty image you see;
For I am so clean – without blemish or blot –
That your blackness is mirrored in me."

International Human rights structure was erected in 1940s & 1950s after two brutal world wars and the failure of international community to prevent Nazi Germany’s Holocaust against Jews which gave birth to International Declaration of Human Rights and the Genocide Convention. The United Nations was made custodian of these rights and tasked with the primary objective of   ensuring  international enforcement of these rights . It was also authorized to take appropriate action, including use of Force, against erring member States.

But the UN and its accredited agencies have miserably failed to restrain India from committing  grave human rights violations amounting to war crimes & crimes against humanity  in Kashmir. Name any crime which has not been committed by deep State & its security apparatus  in Kashmir. It has killed unarmed people by firing on  peaceful protestors. It has killed intellectuals  & human rights defenders of Kashmir through overt & covert operations. It has committed  individual & mass rape of women, rape of daughters in front of mothers & rape of newly  wed brides. It has burnt people alive in live infernos. It has indulged in involuntary & enforced  disappearances & created a long trail  of  half-widows & half-orphans ,making Kashmir a unique place in Globe to contribute new words to human right lexicons. It has buried thousands in  unmarked graves and has the audacity to deny  identification of such graves. It has destroyed & damaged properties on a large scale. It has denied medical aid to wailing injured. These grave crimes should have, in the normal course, seen India  in the international dock long ago  but  the impotence of the United Nations Human Rights Council  has not only enabled India to escape a serious trial but allowed it to continue with its nefarious pogrom.

Organizations  affiliated with UN such as Human Rights Watch (HRW) and Amnesty International(AI)  mandated  with  reporting  and organizing campaigns in response to the crimes of states have also failed in respect of India. They were accorded special status in the United Nations  to promote moral agendas such as human rights and international law .The purpose was that they  give testimony, submit reports, and make recommendations in order to improve human rights practice, while “naming and shaming” those governments with the worst records. Their record Vis-à-vis Kashmir is for every body to see. The Indian chapter of  AI has been fully indianized  and   has become an integral part of the Indian political theater of the absurd.

The Overall failure of the UN  in upholding human rights structure can be explained in  part  to the failure of these  so-called human-rights organizations. If the humanity has to survive in a civilized order, an entirely new structure  for enforcing  human rights is necessary because the institutions , processes & systems that were created long ago have miserably failed.

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