Arab human rights movement calls for substantial UN reforms
Regional, Politics, 4/27/1999
The Arab Human rights movement, which convened last weekend its first congress in Morocco, called for implementing substantial reforms of the United Nations.
In their "Casablanca Declaration" adopted at the end of their works, the Arab human rights activists said reforming the UN has become a necessity in view of the socioeconomic and political changes sweeping across the world. They also affirmed that the UN body formation must represent peoples of the world to serve the shared interests of humankind.
The declaration, which denounced the international double-standard policy, called the UN security council to review the sanctions system and lift immediately the embargo imposed on Iraq because it is a mass punishment system affecting innocent grass-root people.
On the human rights situation in the Arab world, the congress hailed the relative progress made by Arab states in this field and called for the development of a genuine human rights culture in the Arab world. The congress also called for the protection of child and women's rights and stressed the need to enhance the democratic process in the Arab world.
The first congress of Arab human rights movement was organized by the Cairo-based Human Rights Center to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Universal Human Rights Declaration.
The Congress, which was attended by several Arab human activists and observers from various international human rights bodies, reviewed the situation of human rights in the Arab World, impediments to its improvement and the position of the international community regarding human rights issues in Arab states.
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