Case No. 28-2017: “UNESCO & Director-General Irina Bokova”
ACT ON USA and Israel Withdrawal
On October 12, 2017, it is made an Act of international approval concerning the withdrawal of USA and Israel as members of UNESCO. Although there is no agreement with the political and economic visions of those countries, the Buddhist Tribunal on Human Rights is an impartial body and it is devoid of any ideology, so that this decision made by both countries must be supported.
In this sense, the Buddhist Tribunal on Human Rights agrees with Prime Minister Netanyahu of Israel, who has stated that UNESCO “has become the theatre of the absurd and because instead of preserving history it distorts it.” Even though it is probably motivated by ideological and economic issues, US and Israeli decision to leave UNESCO is undoubtedly “brave and moral,” especially bearing in mind the fact that on July 24, 2017, the Buddhist Tribunal on Human Rights sentenced UNESCO as Responsible for the crimes of Discrimination, Corruption, Complicity with violations of Human Rights and Complicity with Crimes against Peace. At a time when the world is attacked by extremist groups, it is necessary for UNESCO to function properly and not to be a corrupt, biased and omissive organism in the face of violations of International Law, having the duty to prevent hatred rather than feed it through omission to the violations carried out by its member States, which systematically and in a widespread way attack the values that UNESCO defends, such as intercultural dialogue, protection of the Cultural Heritage of humanity and freedom of press. For this reason, the Buddhist Tribunal is in agreement with USA that UNESCO needs fundamental reforms.
The Buddhist Tribunal on Human Rights is an international organization that promotes the dialogue among civilizations and the peoples of the world, and it is founded on respect for the spiritual values shared by the entire humanity. This implies the duty to protect natural resources and cultural values, a function in which UNESCO has failed. The mission of the Buddhist Tribunal on Human Rights is to create a civilization of peace, to eradicate social injustice, to consolidate free advanced education and to develop sustainable environment, this being a mission that UNESCO fails to fulfill. The priorities of the Buddhist Tribunal on Human Rights are equality, learning, peak knowledge, ethical resolution of problems, intercultural dialogue and social integration, these being priorities that UNESCO fails to comply.
The Buddhist Tribunal on Human Rights encourages other countries to leave the corrupt body of UNESCO and that the international community commits itself in order to create a new organization that works ethically and in favor of world peace.
Always with spirit of reconciliation (maitri),
Master Maitreya Samyaksambuddha
President and Spiritual Judge of the International Buddhist Ethics Committee and Buddhist Tribunal on Human Rights