Hypocrisy In the UN

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UN Mission Statement

The mission of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) is to work for the protection of all human rights for all people; to help empower people to realize their rights; and to assist those responsible for upholding such rights in ensuring that they are implemented.

March 2015 UN's Disgrace of their Mission Statement

Sudan’s genocide in Darfur, that has been occurring since 2003, was disregarded as a genocide even though it is clear that men, women and children are being slaughtered due to their culture.


- Saudi-led attacks on Yemen that left 1,000 defenseless people dead and 300,000 displaced were ignored.


- The hundreds of thousands of Syrian victims savagely murdered by the Assad government were not saved.


- Israel’s effort to aid those wounded men, women and children was not recognized.


- The firing of more than 4,000 rockets during the 50-day war in 2014 from the Gaza Strip, targeting millions of Israeli Jewish, Muslim, and Christian civilians, has been overlooked.


- The starvation of 18,000 Palestinian refugees in the outskirts of the Syrian capital by the Syrian government beginning on February 1 of 2015 was forgotten.


- The glorification of Palestinian terrorists as freedom fighters by Palestinian officials following terrorist attacks on January 21 of 2015 in Tel Aviv was not denounced.


- The efforts of Israeli citizens, Palestinian citizens and various NGOs to promote peace have been obliterated.


- The 100th beheading in a public square in Saudi Arabia on the June 15 was ignored.


- In possibly the most horrifying twist of fate, Iran's desperate humanitarian conditions for women was not only disregarded, but Iran gained entrance to the UN Women's Right's Board which they currently hold one of the top most positions on


The only country condemned for their lack of woman's rights, (out of all the countries in the world including Syria, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, and even China notorious for their lack of woman's rights) was Israel.


Israel, the land where the three major worldwide religions were born and are protected, the land where being homosexual is not a crime, unlike in all other Middle East countries, the land where Arab citizens have the exact same rights as Jewish citizens, the land where non-Jewish citizens have an access to health care and governmental/social incentives, the land where Arabs have their own political party, serve on the Supreme Court and hold major diplomatic positions, the only Jewish state, surrounded by 22 Arab nations that strive to destroy it and its entire population constantly.

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Timeline

January 2000- All violence against UNIFIL was condemned with the parties urged to put a stop to attacks on the Force.


May 2000- The Secretary-General's report pursuant to the previous resolution on UNDOF said that the situation between Israel and Syria had remained calm with no serious incidents though the situation in the Middle East as a whole remained dangerous until a settlement could be reached.


July 2000- The Security Council recalled the Secretary-General Kofi Annan's conclusion that Israel had withdrawn its forces from Lebanon as of 16 June 2000, in accordance with Resolution 425.[2] It endorsed the understanding in the report of the Secretary-General that UNIFIL would deploy fully throughout its area of operation and the Government of Lebanon would strengthen its presence in the area. The Council also welcomed the removal of violations of the withdrawal line by the Government of Israel and called on the parties to respect the line. The Lebanese government was called upon to create a calm environment and restore its authority in southern Lebanon and welcomed the establishment of checkpoints in the region.


October 2000- deplored Ariel Sharon's visit to the Temple Mount and the violence that followed


November 2000- The Secretary-General's report pursuant to the previous resolution on UNDOF said that the situation between Israel and Syria had remained calm with no serious incidents though the situation in the Middle East as a whole remained dangerous until a settlement could be reached.


January 2001- The Security Council recalled the Secretary-General Kofi Annan's conclusion that Israel had withdrawn its forces from Lebanon as of 16 June 2000, in accordance with Resolution 425. It emphasised the temporary nature of the UNIFIL operation


May 2001- The Secretary-General's report pursuant to the previous resolution on UNDOF said that the situation between Israel and Syria had remained calm with no serious incidents though the situation in the Middle East as a whole remained dangerous until a settlement could be reached.[2] It noted that both sides had co-operated with UNDOF and also highlighted the dangers of minefields.


March 2002- the first resolution to explicitly call for a two-state solution.


Sep 2002) demanded an end to Israeli measures in and around Ramallah, and an Israeli withdrawal to positions held before September 2000.


September 2004) called upon Lebanon to establish its sovereignty over all of its land and called upon Syria to end their military presence in Lebanon by withdrawing its forces and to cease intervening in internal Lebanese politics. The resolution also called on all Lebanese militias to disband.


January 2005) calls on Lebanon to assert full control over its border with Israel. It also states that "the Council has recognized the Blue Line as valid for the purpose of confirming Israel's withdrawal pursuant to resolution 425.


August 2006) called for the full cessation of hostilities between Israel and Hezbollah.


January 2009) called for the full cessation of war between Israel and Hamas.


December 2016) called for an end to Israeli settlement building

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The Abuse of a Veto

For instance, John J. Mearsheimer claimed that "since 1982, the US has vetoed 32 Security Council resolutions critical of Israel, more than the total number of vetoes cast by all the other Security Council members."[10] Since candidates for the Security Council are proposed by regional blocs, the Arab League and its allies are usually included but Israel, which joined the UN in 1949, has never been elected to the Security Council. The Council has repeatedly condemned Israel. On the other hand, critics contend that, while Israel has the United States to rely on to veto any pertinent legislation against it, the Palestinians lack any such power. Apart from the US, several resolutions have been vetoed by Russia, notably attempts to impose sanctions on Syria during the Syrian Civil War and to condemn Russia's own annexation of Crimea in 2014.
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The Problem

The UN has, for many years now, been increasingly problematic, but, where the middle east is concerned, "increasingly problematic" means ineffective, counter-productive, and hypocritical. It's mission statement which details the importance and prevalence of human's rights as a subject and as a goal is, at this point in time, a meaningless promise. When the UN was created, it was created with good intention's. Many, many people strove for it to be a congress of nations and people that could protect and serve the cause of universal human's rights. What the United Nation's has now become is so much less than that. While the mission has not changed, the approach has. Instead of taking action the UN tends to send warnings without any real action in mind and stall uselessly. The UN has lost its credibility as a protector of the peace because, while peaceful warnings are necessary at times when the time comes to take action the UN finds itself severely lacking. Ineffectiveness is, while a problem, not the worst thing a congress consisting of many countries could be called. No, one of the worst things the UN has been called is hypocritical. There have been many examples, only a few of which I mentioned, of the UN not only completely disregarding facts and statistics, but instances of the UN doing nothing to further the cause of human rights and even disrupting other groups efforts are numerous.