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Please click on these links: "We do not need more reports. We need action." - Speech before UN Human Rights Council resumed 6th Session, 11 December 2007 - Delivered by Gibreil Hamid on behalf of UN Watch
and
Speech before UN Human Rights Council 4th Session, 29 March 2007 -
Click for original UN video - Delivered by Joyce Jacobs

 

<p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt; LINE-HEIGHT: 12pt; TEXT-ALIGN: center; mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto" align="center"><strong><span lang="EN-GB" style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB">Please click on this link below:</span></strong></p><p /><p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt; LINE-HEIGHT: 12pt; TEXT-ALIGN: center; mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto" align="center"><strong><span lang="EN-GB" style="FONT-WEIGHT: normal; FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB; mso-bidi-font-weight: bold"><a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p7843Sxykao"><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><font color="#800080">&quot;We do not need more reports. We need action.&quot;</font></b></a></span></strong><b style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><span lang="EN-GB" style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB"></span></b></p><p /><p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt; LINE-HEIGHT: 12pt; TEXT-ALIGN: center; mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto" align="center"><span lang="EN-GB" style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB">Speech before UN Human Rights Council resumed 6th Session<br />11&nbsp;December 2007</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt; LINE-HEIGHT: 12pt; TEXT-ALIGN: center; mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto" align="center"><span lang="EN-GB" style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB">&nbsp;</span><span lang="EN-GB" style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB"><br /><em><span style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Delivered by <personname w:st="on" />Gibreil Hamid</personname /> on behalf of UN Watch</span></em></span><span lang="EN-GB" style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB"></span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt; LINE-HEIGHT: 12pt; TEXT-ALIGN: center; mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto" align="center"><em><span style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><font size="2"></font></span></em></p><p><span lang="EN-GB" style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB">Thank you, Mr. President.</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt; LINE-HEIGHT: 12pt; mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto"><span lang="EN-GB" style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB"></span></p><p /><p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt; LINE-HEIGHT: 12pt; mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto"><span lang="EN-GB" style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB">My name is <personname w:st="on" />Gibreil Hamid</personname />, I am from <place w:st="on" />Darfur</place />, and I am delivering this statement on behalf of UN Watch.<br />&nbsp;</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt; LINE-HEIGHT: 12pt; mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto"><span lang="EN-GB" style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB"></span><span lang="EN-GB" style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB">Many think that the tragedy in <place w:st="on" />Darfur</place /> began in 2003. From personal experience, I can testify that this is not the case.<br />&nbsp;</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt; LINE-HEIGHT: 12pt; mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto"><span lang="EN-GB" style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB"></span><span lang="EN-GB" style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB">I was born in a small village called Taradona, near Zalinge, in <place w:st="on" />West Darfur</place />. The people were living peacefully until the genocidal regime now in <city w:st="on" /><place w:st="on" />Khartoum</place /></city /> seized power in a military coup. It was a black day for the whole country.<br />&nbsp;</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt; LINE-HEIGHT: 12pt; mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto"><span lang="EN-GB" style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB"></span><span lang="EN-GB" style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB">In 1989, gunmen attacked my village in the early morning, killing over fifty people from my family. For me, it was the beginning of a nightmare that has lasted eighteen years. Until today, no one knows who committed this atrocity, or why. I can forgive, but I will never forget.<br />&nbsp;</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt; LINE-HEIGHT: 12pt; mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto"><span lang="EN-GB" style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB"></span><span lang="EN-GB" style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB">Since 2003, <place w:st="on" />Darfur</place /> is known as the worst humanitarian catastrophe on earth. Diplomatic efforts have failed to stop the crimes of the Sudanese government.<br />&nbsp;</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt; LINE-HEIGHT: 12pt; mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto"><span lang="EN-GB" style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB"></span><span lang="EN-GB" style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB">We, the victims of <place w:st="on" />Darfur</place />, were hoping so much that this new Human Rights Council would give us a voice, and make a difference in our lives. Yet the genocide continues, and it seems that all this Council does is ask for more reports.<br />&nbsp;</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt; LINE-HEIGHT: 12pt; mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto"><span lang="EN-GB" style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB"></span><span lang="EN-GB" style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB">Mr. President, we, the victims of <place w:st="on" />Darfur</place />, come before this council today with a simple message. We do not need more reports. Time is running out. We need action. Our humanitarian situation is critical. Our security situation worsens every day. The Janjaweed are killing and raping us. The innocent civilians of <place w:st="on" />Darfur</place /> are in desperate need of protection. We need action, and we need it now.<br />&nbsp;</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt; LINE-HEIGHT: 12pt; mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto"><span lang="EN-GB" style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB"></span><span lang="EN-GB" style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB">On behalf of UN Watch and all of the victims of Darfur, I plead before the Council today: please stop adopting resolutions that praise <country-region w:st="on" /><place w:st="on" />Sudan</place /></country-region /> for its so-called &quot;cooperation&quot;. Please do not eliminate the independent expert on <country-region w:st="on" /><place w:st="on" />Sudan</place /></country-region />. Please take action to end the terrible crimes of war.<br />&nbsp;</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt; LINE-HEIGHT: 12pt; mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto"><span lang="EN-GB" style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB"></span><span lang="EN-GB" style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB">To all those who are willing to speak out against genocide: May God bless you and give us peace.<br />&nbsp;</span></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt; LINE-HEIGHT: 12pt; mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto"><span lang="EN-GB" style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB"></span><span lang="DE-CH" style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-fareast-font-family: ">Thank you, Mr. President.</span></p>

HR Council 6th Sess. Dec2007 -Click to read speech

UNWatch-DFEZ-HR Council March 2007 pict. 2

UNWatch-DFEZ-HR Council March 2007 pict. 1
<p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 12pt; LINE-HEIGHT: 12pt; TEXT-ALIGN: center; mso-margin-top-alt: auto" align="center"><span lang="EN-GB" style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB">Speech before UN Human Rights Council 4th Session<br />29 March 2007<br /><br /></span><span lang="DE-CH" style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><a href="http://webcast.un.org/ramgen/conferences/hrc2006/four/hrc070329pm-eng.rm?start=01:29:07&end=01:31:54" target="_blank"><strong><span lang="EN-GB" style="COLOR: #0066ff; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; TEXT-DECORATION: none; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB; text-underline: none">Click for original UN video</span></strong></a></span><span lang="EN-GB" style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB">&nbsp;</span><span lang="DE-CH" style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><shapetype id="_x0000_t75" coordsize="21600,21600" o:spt="75" o:preferrelative="t" path="m@4@5l@4@11@9@11@9@5xe" filled="f" stroked="f" /> <stroke joinstyle="miter" /><formulas /><f eqn="if lineDrawn pixelLineWidth 0" /><f eqn="sum @0 1 0" /><f eqn="sum 0 0 @1" /><f eqn="prod @2 1 2" /><f eqn="prod @3 21600 pixelWidth" /><f eqn="prod @3 21600 pixelHeight" /><f eqn="sum @0 0 1" /><f eqn="prod @6 1 2" /><f eqn="prod @7 21600 pixelWidth" /><f eqn="sum @8 21600 0" /><f eqn="prod @7 21600 pixelHeight" /><f eqn="sum @10 21600 0" /></formulas /><path o:extrusionok="f" gradientshapeok="t" o:connecttype="rect" /><lock v:ext="edit" aspectratio="t" /></shapetype /><shape id="_x0000_i1025" style="WIDTH: 10.5pt; HEIGHT: 7.5pt" type="#_x0000_t75" /><imagedata src="file:///C:DOKUME~1HAMID-~1LOKALE~1Tempmsohtml1�1clip_image001.gif" o:href="http://www.unwatch.org/atf/cf/%7B6DEB65DA-BE5B-4CAE-8056-8BF0BEDF4D17%7D/video_icon,%20II.gif" /></shape /></span><span lang="EN-GB" style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB"><br /><br /><em><span style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Delivered by Joyce Jacobs</span></em></span></p><p /><p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt; LINE-HEIGHT: 12pt; mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto"><span lang="EN-GB" style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB">Thank you Mr. President,</span></p><p /><p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt; LINE-HEIGHT: 12pt; mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto"><span lang="EN-GB" style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB">This Council is mandated to address gross and systematic human rights violations.&nbsp; Since the its inauguration in June, victims of human rights abuses and UN Watch have urged the Council to address numerous, well-documented violations, such as: Burma's unlawful confinement of Aung San Su Kyi to house arrest; the death sentence by Libya against five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor; and the systematic denial of economic, social, and civil rights by Zimbabwe.&nbsp; We regret that no resolutions for these victims have yet been introduced.</span></p><p /><p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt; LINE-HEIGHT: 12pt; mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto"><span lang="EN-GB" style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB">The most severe situation today is <place w:st="on" />Darfur</place />. Professor Jody Williams and her assessment team, found <country-region w:st="on" /><place w:st="on" />Sudan</place /></country-region /> responsible for &quot;large-scale international crimes.&quot;&nbsp; The report made concrete recommendations for protecting the civilians in <place w:st="on" />Darfur</place />.</span></p><p /><p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt; LINE-HEIGHT: 12pt; mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto"><span lang="EN-GB" style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB">Last week, an international coalition of 60 NGOs-including UN Watch, the World Federation of UN Associations, the Anglican, Presbyterian and Unitarian churches, and the Save Darfur Coalition-issued an urgent appeal for the Council to fully adopt the Williams report.&nbsp; The mission's mandate and composition were more than fair, its findings are accurate, and its recommendations should be implemented.</span></p><p /><p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt; LINE-HEIGHT: 12pt; mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto"><span lang="EN-GB" style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB">As stated by the NGO appeal, failure to fully endorse the report will &quot;cast a shadow upon the reputation of the Council, and of the United Nations as a whole.&quot;</span></p><p /><p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt; LINE-HEIGHT: 12pt; mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto"><span lang="EN-GB" style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB">Yesterday, with the participation of Professor Paul Hunt, the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to health, UN Watch hosted an NGO side event for the victims of <place w:st="on" />Darfur</place />.&nbsp; I sat on the panel next to Gabriel Hamid, a man from Darfur whose family was murdered in the <place w:st="on" /><placetype w:st="on" />village</placetype /> of <placename w:st="on" />Tara Donna</placename /></place />.&nbsp; He provided compelling testimony of <country-region w:st="on" /><place w:st="on" />Sudan</place /></country-region />'s complicity in mass murder and rape.&nbsp; However, numerous speakers connected to the government of <country-region w:st="on" /><place w:st="on" />Sudan</place /></country-region /> insisted that we look away.</span></p><p /><p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt; LINE-HEIGHT: 12pt; mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto"><span lang="EN-GB" style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB">Mr. President,</span></p><p /><p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt; LINE-HEIGHT: 12pt; mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto"><span lang="EN-GB" style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB">We will not look away.&nbsp; One day, we will all be asked about <place w:st="on" />Darfur</place />:&nbsp; What did we know, and what did we do?</span></p><p /><p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt; LINE-HEIGHT: 12pt; mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto"><span lang="EN-GB" style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB">We cannot say today that we do not know.&nbsp; We know.</span></p><p /><p class="MsoNormal" style="MARGIN: 0cm 0cm 0pt; LINE-HEIGHT: 12pt; mso-margin-top-alt: auto; mso-margin-bottom-alt: auto"><span lang="EN-GB" style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-ansi-language: EN-GB">Now we must also do.&nbsp; Adopting the report's recommendations-in full-is essential to protect the human rights of the people of <place w:st="on" />Darfur</place />.</span></p><p><span lang="DE-CH" style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Arial; mso-fareast-font-family: ">Thank you.</span> </p>

UNWatch-DFEZ (Please click to read speech)

UNWatch-DFEZ-HR Council March 2007 pict. 4

UNWatch-DFEZ-HR Council March 2007 pict. 5
 
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