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The United Nation’s Security Council also includes several of the world’s worst regimes, when it comes to human rights violations and wars against its own citizens

Apparently today (October 24th) is United Nations Day, and our Prime Minister Justin Trudeau issued a statement regarding it.  

I have taken his statement, and interspersed an extremely small sampling to show how in-effective the United Nations actually is.

While many will argue that it has a role and a place in the global nations of the world (on this I do not argue) it seems that millions have died in armed conflicts between nations ... in civil wars ... in massacres and the murders of tens of thousands in minority ethnic groups ... in human trafficking ... in the use of poison gases ... and through the rape and sexual exploitation of young girls and women.

In many – or perhaps the vast majority of cases – the UN does little but wag a finger of displeasure for fear of upsetting the worlds so-called super powers.

Furthermore, several countries, directly or indirectly in these conflicts are members of the UN’s Security Council.  I have previously called this council ‘toothless’ due to the fact any permanent member country is able to veto action the majority of member states may wish to impose.

Under Article 27 of the UN Charter, Security Council decisions on all substantive matters require the affirmative votes of nine members. A negative vote or "veto" by a permanent member prevents adoption of a proposal, even if it has received the required votes.

As you will note in the following, this council also includes several of the world’s worst regimes when it comes to human rights violations and wars against its own citizens.

Read ... and then I hope you will share ... your thoughts as to whether this is truly an organization we should continue to be part of, never mind the spending of millions of dollars by Justin Trudeau to get a token seat at the Security Council:

Today, on United Nations Day, we are reminded of what we can achieve when the world works together. We also reflect on major global challenges like the climate crisis, inequality, and violent extremism” – Justin Trudeau

The international community deserted us completely, and before it deserted us,
it deserted the countless civilians that have been murdered in Syria. What is the most heartbreaking part of this visit is that every time we have come, we come with a much more disastrous situation than in the past.” ~~ Syrian military defector known as “Caesar” (Sept 2019)

In an unpredictable and changing world, it is more important than ever that we join forces to meet these challenges and build a better future for our children and grandchildren” – Justin Trudeau

(Venezuelan) governments stacked the courts with judges who make no pretense of independence ... repressing dissent through often-violent crackdowns on street protests, jailing opponents, and prosecuting civilians in military courts ... stripped power from the opposition-led legislature ... other persistent concerns include poor prison conditions, impunity for human rights violations, and harassment by government officials of human rights defenders and independent media outlets.

For over 70 years, the United Nations (UN) has brought the international community together to address difficult issues that transcend borders. Staff and volunteers from around the world support UN programs, funds, and agencies dedicated to helping the world’s most vulnerable people” – Justin Trudeau

It was reported to the
Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights that these people had been abducted, detained, held incommunicado, or had disappeared ... other victims ... forced to undergo unwanted psychiatric “treatment.” Many cases involved arbitrary detention and torture, sometimes by sexual assault or rape ... nine of the 29 countries listed are actually members of the Human Rights Council, a Geneva-based group made up of 47 UN member countries. These are Burundi, Egypt, Rwanda, Cuba, Venezuela, China, India, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

Canada is a proud founding member of the UN, and will continue to engage partners from around the world to achieve global security and prosperity. We have renewed our longstanding commitment to UN peacekeeping, and have taken a leadership role to meet the changing nature of conflict and peace-building, including through innovative approaches such as the Elsie Initiative for Women in Peace Operations” – Justin Trudeau

In 2018, Saudi Arabia’s discriminatory male guardianship system remained intact despite government pledges to abolish it ... Saudi authorities came before the United Nations Committee on Discrimination against Women to defend their record on women’s rights. The committee called on Saudi Arabia to accelerate efforts to abolish the male guardianship system, adopt an anti-discrimination law, and adopt a written unified family code based on the principles of equality and non-discrimination

As we work closely with the UN to meet the challenges of the 21st century, we remain committed to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals at home and abroad to help make the world more just, prosperous, safe, and sustainable” – Justin Trudeau

The state controls everything, and actively spies on its citizens ... the economy is also strictly controlled and the government funnels money into its nuclear and missile programme despite widespread shortages of food, fuel and other basic necessities ...  described the
prison camps as "harsh beyond endurance". Detainees face torture and beatings by guards, and women are left especially vulnerable to sexual coercion and abuse ... 200,000 North Korean children are suffering from acute malnutrition - of which 60,000 would have become "severely malnourished".

We are committed to playing a positive and constructive role at the United Nations. This is why Canada has submitted its candidacy to serve on the UN Security Council for 2021 – 22” – Justin Trudeau

Russia used its prerogative to call for a procedural vote ... effectively to stop the UN’s own human rights chief from telling the Council about the situation on the ground ... claimed discussions on human rights are not pertinent to the Security Council’s agenda (and that) the body charged with maintaining international peace and security is not a forum to discuss human rights violations taking place ... this was not the first time Russia had made this claim ... tried the same tactic to block discussions on the human rights situations in other countries including Ukraine

“As we approach the United Nations’ 75th anniversary next year, I invite Canadians to reflect on everything the UN has accomplished and thank all UN staff and volunteers for their dedication and selfless service.” – Justin Trudeau

... terrorism, ethnic conflict, civil wars, and hybrid and special operations warfare, used by developed nations to harass or destabilize opponents through non-traditional means, accounted for the bulk of non-state, intrastate, and interstate violence ... these numbers nevertheless represented tens of thousands of lives lost each year ...

I especially ask that you take note of the final comment from our Prime Minister that we ... reflect on everything the UN has accomplished ... in light of ever-increasing conflicts where the lives of tens, and hundreds of thousands, of innocent civilians are taken every year.

“For 60 days,
my body was used as a thoroughfare for all the hoodlums, militia men and soldiers in the district … those men completely destroyed me; they caused me so much pain. They raped me in front of my six children ... three years ago, I discovered I had HIV/AIDS. There is no doubt in my mind that I was infected during these rapes”

I’ve reflected on the United Nation’s accomplishments many times, and I’m not impressed.  Care to share your thoughts?


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