Syria: UN Expert Urges Pause-No Rush To Judgment

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An Independent Expert is a Special Procedure mechanism appointed by the Human Rights Council to examine and report on a specific human rights issue or theme. This position is honorary and the expert is not United Nations staff nor paid for his/her work.

For more on Special Procedures, please refer to Fact Sheet N° 27: Seventeen Frequently Asked Questions about United Nations Special Rapporteurs (PDF).

Introduction

On 29 September 2011, the Human Rights Council adopted resolution18/6 on the promotion of a democratic and equitable international order.

The resolution affirmed that a democratic and equitable international order fosters the full realization of all human rights for all, and that everyone is entitled to it.

The resolution sees democracy as a universal value based on the freely expressed will of people to determine their own political, economic, social and cultural systems and their full participation in all aspects of their lives and reaffirmed the need for universal adherence to and implementation of the rule of law at both the national and international levels. In this connection, the principle of the will of the people, as expressed in periodic and genuine elections, shall be the basis of government authority. As stipulated in the resolution, a democratic and equitable international order requires inter alia the realization of the right of all peoples to self-determination, the right to development and the right to peace.

Resolution 18/6 established the mandate of the Independent Expert on the promotion of a democratic and equitable international order for an initial period of three years. Since then, the mandate has been extended twice, on 25 September 2014 (A/HRC/RES/27/9) and on 28 September 2017 (A/HRC/RES/36/4), for three years each.

The Human Rights Council has further renewed its commitment to the promotion of a democratic and equitable international order by adopting resolutions 21/925/1530/29 and 33/3.

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  • REDPILLED

    And if it is determined by ‘objective’ investigators that the Assad regime used poison gas on the people of Douma, what right does the U.S. have to “punish” Syria for that? Waging an illegal war of aggression was the “supreme international crime” prosecuted against Nazi Germany at the Nuremberg War Crimes Tribunals after World War II. Causing even more bloodshed and destruction will not help anyone except the War Whores: the war profiteers and their greedy Congressional servants.

  • Robert H. Stiver

    Redpilled, I’ve been admiring your contributions of late. No exception here. You are measured and on point. The more emotional and radical I would have augmented your final sentence above (as good as it is!) in a way such as this:

    “…except the profiteering War Whores, Jewish Zionists, “Christian” Zionists and assorted fellow travelers (including the Executive behemoth and all but a handful of 535 greedy Congresstitutes) as they entangle the U.S. in their nefarious schemes to exterminate the Palestinians from Palestine, divide and conquer the Mideast region, and, on an even grander scale, aim for “full-spectrum global dominance.”

    IMO, Palestine Is Still THE Issue as it resolutely resists the criminally psychotic impulses of the Zionist entity so-called Israel!

  • REDPILLED

    Robert, thank you for appreciating my comments. I am with you on all of what you wrote. Do you know these web sites?:

    If Americans Knew – What every American needs to know about Israel/Palestine

    The Electronic Intifada

    Mondoweiss

  • Robert H. Stiver

    Yes: I know IAK best; in fact, I consider the tireless Alison Weir a personal friend (have not met face to face), and she asked me about a decade ago to be her “contact point person” in my locale. I also featured her IAK video shorts frequently on public-access TV when I was still able and energetic sufficient to be a producer. From shipping boxes sent by IAK, I once passed out hundreds of her brochures, info cards et al at demonstrations and conferences. And I had a very minor part in the final editing of Alison’s stupendous, must-read “Against Our Better Judgment.”

    I read EI and Mondoweiss only sporadically and then when their releases are provided to me by E-mail correspondents and the like. They’re good and essential to the cause; so are this Popular Resistance, Aletho News and Fig Trees and Vineyards.)

    Best wishes!

  • REDPILLED

    Thank you for your activism. Keep on keepin’ on!