Monday, December 22, 2008


From a UN General Assembly press release

Draft resolution XXI on respect for the right to universal freedom of travel and the vital importance of family reunification, approved on 20 November by a recorded vote of 118 in favour to 3 against (Israel, Palau, United States), with 60 abstentions, would have the Assembly call on all States to guarantee the universally recognized freedom of travel to all foreign nationals legally residing in their territory, and reaffirm that all Governments -- particularly of receiving countries -- must recognize the vital importance of family reunification and promote its incorporation into national legislation, so as to ensure protection of the unity of families of documented migrants.

Draft resolution XX on the right to food, approved on 24 November by a recorded vote of 180 in favour to 1 against ( United States), with no abstentions, would have the Assembly reaffirm that hunger constitutes an outrage and a violation of human dignity, requiring the adoption of urgent measures at the national, regional and international level, for its elimination

Draft resolution III on the right of the Palestinian people to self-determination, approved by a vote of 175 in favour to 5 against (Federated States of Micronesia, Israel, Marshall Islands, Palau, United States), with 5 abstentions (Australia, Cameroon, Canada, Equatorial Guinea, Fiji), on 20 November, would have the Assembly reaffirm the right of the Palestinian people to self-determination, including the right to an independent State of Palestine.

The Committee's report on promotion and protection of the rights of children contains a draft resolution on the rights of the child, approved by a recorded vote of 180 in favour to 1 against (United States), with no abstentions, on 24 November, which would have the Assembly -- among other things -- call upon States to create an environment conducive to the well-being of all children, including by strengthening international cooperation in regard to the eradication of poverty, the right to education, the right to the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health and the right to food.


At December 22, 2008 4:06 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

And how much do we spend each year so that these sanctimonious hypocrits can generate pious resolutions 95 percent of them will ignore? It is time for us to recognize that not only does the UN accomplish nothing - it actually impedes real social progress by allowing exploitive tyrannies to hide behind a mask of propriety. Time to abolish this sham.

At December 22, 2008 6:55 PM, Anonymous oh say can you see... said...

Actually. "we" meaning U.S. Gov. don't spend anything, since "we" have witheld our dues for years, partly to protest UNICEF providing birth control to desperately poor parents in desperately poor countries. In true christian magnanimity we've given poor people the choice between abstinance and more children they can't afford to nourish.
Almost all the UN's attacks on poor countries have been at the behest of the US, usually rooted in Israel's paranoia, so I don't believe international cooperation per se is the problem . The problems arise from the persons (read Pentagon, WB, Imf) in control.

At December 22, 2008 7:08 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Okay abstinence; I don't practice it why should I spell it?


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