Case n° 20/2016: United Nations (UN) & Secretary General Ban Ki-moon & Secretary General Antonio Guterres
Legal Requirement on U.N. Conference on Disarmament
June 20, 2018
The Buddhist Tribunal on Human Rights legally requires the Conference on Disarmament sponsored by the United Nations Organization to immediately cancel the presidency of this conference at the hands of the government of Syria, since it would imply an endorsement of the human rights violations committed by this government that recently would have carried out chemical weapons attacks on civilian populations in its country, which constitutes crimes against humanity and war crimes.
This requirement to revoke the presidency of Syria in the Conference on Disarmament of May 2018 arises from the fact that the Syrian government of Bashar al-Assad’s would recently carried out State Terrorism using chemical weapons prohibited by International Law, which produced the subsequent bombing from USA, United Kingdom and France against Syria, which obviously is also a violation of International Law and the human right to peace.
The Buddhist Tribunal on Human Rights agrees with Hillel Neuer, director of the UN Watch organization, who affirmed that the fact that the government of Syria presides over a UN conference on disarmament of chemical and nuclear weapons is something similar to putting a serial sexual abuser in charge of a women’s shelter, because Bashar al-Assad would be the most terrible violator of the Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production and Stockpiling of Bacteriological (Biological) and Toxin Weapons and on their Destruction and the Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production, Stockpiling and Use of Chemical Weapons and on Their Destruction. In this sense, it is perceived that putting the government of Syria in the presidency of the UN conference on disarmament is a supreme disrespect to the hundreds of innocent victims of the Syrian regime, mostly women and children, destroying once again all kinds of ethical credibility of the UN.
The Buddhist Tribunal on Human Rights considers that the democratic governments of the world should withdraw and refrain from participating in this immoral conference organized by the UN that is an offense against world peace. In addition, the Buddhist Tribunal on Human Rights confirms that the fact that Antonio Guterres, Secretary General of the UN, has not intervened to annul the presidency of Syria in the UN Conference on Disarmament demonstrates the Secretary General’s payment of favors for those countries which chose him for the office, as is the case of the Russian government allied with Syria. Even in 2013, the former UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, repudiated the election of Syria as a member of the UNESCO Human Rights Committee, which shows that there are historical precedents for a UN Secretary-General to act as a moral voice when certain UN committees make decisions contrary to the ethical reputation of the organization, especially when illegal governments use their participation in the UN as political legitimation to continue perpetrating crimes against humanity.
Always with spirit of reconciliation (maitri),
H.E. Master Maitreya Samyaksambuddha
President of the International Buddhist Ethics Committee & Buddhist Tribunal on Human Rights