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UN Human Rights

The United Nations states "On 10 December 1948, the General Assembly of the United Nations adopted and proclaimed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights… Following this historic act, the Assembly called upon all Member countries to publicize the text of the Declaration and to cause it to be disseminated, displayed, read and expounded principally in schools and other educational institutions, without distinction based on the political status of countries or territories." View Link…

We look forward to your views on these issues:

  1. Did the United Nations succeed in advancing the Universal Declaration of Human Rights or did it fail?
  2. Do you have personal experiences or examples of the successes and the failures of the United Nations in Human Rights?
  3. Are you a United Nations current or former staff member with Human Rights issues?
  4. Does the United Nations violate the Human Rights of its own staff members?

M. Alaadin A. Morsy

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V. Muthuswami

It is not easy to judge why most of the "one line comments" on Sri Lankan behaviours on human rights situation happens to be in Russian language. As I see what is happening in the Sri Lankan refugee camps in Tamil Nadu, with most wanting to stay in India seeking help from the Tamil Nadu govt for regular employment and also in some cases asking for Indian citizenship, I feel proud of my government extending all possible humanitarian help – similar to the assistance rendered during 1970s independence strugle in the Bangladesh war. I am also sure that the Sri Lankan Tamils will not behave like many of those ungrateful Bangladesis trying to bite the hands that extended help in their difficult times and hope eventally many other industrialised countries will be willing to help these Sri Lankan Tamil refugees resettle elsewhere. My problem is with my government in India who does not act with courage and conviction of honesty in telling the Sri Lankan hegemonic government to behave humanely and properly in dealing with Tamils.

V.Muthuswami

UN is just a mirror of the type of humanity and human situation currently inhabits this planet.  Even so, it is no gain saying that human evolution continues, and thanks to the technology, instant communication in this border-less world and general enhancement of public awareness of human dignity and worth, things are bound to change for the better.  
However, if UN wants to play an important role in this great human adventure in this 21st century, first it has to set its house in order and it should become a true of model for human dignity, respect and justice.  Unfortunately, except for the UN SecGen's public pronouncements in support of UDHR, nothing seems to have changed inside the UN house and the member states too find this quite convenient to play their usual political games and make a facade of human development!
Should anyone need another display of this brazen disregard to human development than the recent COP15 demonstration at the Climate Summit in Copenhagen?