The Consultation Conference on Iraq National Action Plan for Human Rights was held in Baghdad last June 5.
Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Iraq Ad Melkert gave a speech at the Opening of this Conference and his. His lecture reflects the deep contempt for the values they supposedly defend at UN .
It is intolerable that a Special Representative of any UN body justifies, with either facts or words, the Maliki regime, which is based on criminal militias, torture, illegal detentions and assassinations.
A UN Special Representative on Human Rights cannot claim that Iraq´s situation has improved while militias –protected and sponsored by the Iraqi Government– still control the country and while the country is still occupied. With his words he endorses not only the illegal and criminal occupation of Iraq but also what this occupation brought about: misery, unemployment, refugees, the collapse of health services and education, the orphans and the more than 1.2 million Iraqi human beings killed, among other misfortunes.
Melkert’s speech supports a government that has proven to be criminal, so the international community has the moral obligation to demand his immediate resignation.
Following are the most significant excerpts from Melkert’s speech:
“Your Excellency Prime Minister Al-Maliki, Minister for Human Rights Al Sudani, distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen,
“This Conference called to discuss the National Action Plan for Human Rights is a landmark event for the promotion and protection of human rights in Iraq.
“[…] It is the obligation of Governments to ensure that the rights of all citizens, without discrimination, are respected and protected. As recent events across north Africa and the Middle East have shown; if Governments repress the rights of the people they do so at their own peril. […]: the more governments disregard elementary rights, the more determined the response of the people becomes to repression of their freedoms.
“Over the past decades Iraq has suffered tremendously from previous regimes, war, invasion, occupation and conflict. Millions of Iraqis have experienced, in one form or another, the loss of their basic human rights […]. In many ways improvements can be recognized; but many daunting challenges are yet to be addressed.
“We welcome therefore the Government’s commitment to launch preparations for a Human Rights national action plan. This signals the aspiration and commitment to legal, institutional and policy reform in the key area of human rights, in consultation and partnership with Iraqi civil society. In this first stage, it is envisaged to encapsulate the key human rights recommendations agreed by consensus of all stakeholders and to provide a road map to the future enhancement and protection of the human rights of all Iraq’s people.
“The holding of this consultation conference on the draft national action plan is a signal of the Government’s seriousness of intent to address the issues facing the protection of human rights in Iraq – and it is the opportunity for many Iraqi citizens to ensure that their voices are heard. This would also be of great help to the Independent Commission on Human Rights that we hope will soon be formed and start its important work.
1.- See ‘ UN official urges stronger action to protect Iraqi civilians’, June 7, 2011, available on line at: http://www.uniraq.org/newsroom/getarticle.asp?ArticleID=1526