WASHINGTON, March 18, 2016 – The failure of the International Bill of Human Rights demonstrates the impotence of the United Nations.
The International Bill of Human Rights, one of the most resolutions of the United Nations General Assembly, was ratified on Dec. 10, 1948. Forty-eight countries voted in favor of the bill, and no countries voted against it. Nine countries abstained.
Many of the countries that voted in favor of the bill have committed atrocious crimes against human rights, violating the very bill they supported in the UN. Specifically, Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, India and Pakistan have committed human rights violations prohibited by the bill.
Moreover, some of the biggest human rights violations have occurred since the ratification of this bill.
White supremacist groups in the United States, including the Klu Klux Klan, committed heinous crimes during the civil rights era, after the signing of the bill. Despite signing the declaration, the United States turned a blind eye to much of the violence.
The Rwandan Genocide of 1994 occurred after the signing, as did the Cambodian genocide and other atrocities, with little action from the international community.
The lack of outrage and intervention during these major human rights violations suggests countries are more focused on declaring their support for human rights and lecturing others on their negative actions rather than promoting human rights within their countries.
Everyone likes to act like the defender of human rights, but no one likes to admit his own country is also making violations.
To make domestic changes, countries need to swallow their pride. The first step to eradicating human rights violations in one’s country is to admit there is a problem to begin with.
Many countries are hesitant to even make this step out of fear that admitting fault will undermine their strength and credibility. As a result, many human rights violations throughout the world go unchecked because leaders do not wish to risk their reputations.
Countries must start putting their people above their pride and to help eradicate human rights violations, and the first step to solve a problem is always to admit that a problem exists.