Study urges overhaul of UN, IMF, World Bank (2)
> Governing Globalization: don't wait for crisis before reforming
> key institutions, experts warn. Study urges overhaul of UN, IMF,
> World Bank
If human rights need a global government, then there is something
much simpler in order to implement them, something that most verte-
brates, not just humans, but also other living beings capable of
thinking, of despairing, of feeling, of judging situations or even of
saving lives, have been given by nature:
It sounds childish perhaps, but in one word it would summarise the
direction into which moralist philosophers such as Vladimir Jank?-
l?vitch engaged: forgiveness, treaties on the virtues, etc.
It came from a sad observation. Whether in the German extermination
camps or in the Japanese biological weapon research units (I think it
was coined the unit 731 and was located in China during World War II
to test biological weapons on human), etc., simple soldiers accepted
to execute horrible orders: such as extracting biological weapons
from human blood.
Against such things, there are no laws, no rights, no governments, no
organisations that can help when a soldier is left alone with an or-
der. Only individuals confronted with these situations whether at the
work place, in laboratories, on battle fields, in financial institu-
tions, etc., can make a difference, because they find the strength to
listen to what their heart is saying: the strength to say "no".
If human rights recognise intellectual pseudo-property rights as a
fundamental one, but no need to prevent suicide, then I do think we
could easily forget the whole human rights package. Suicide has be-
come a cornerstone of segregation today in developed and developing
countries, it is indirectly used to push people aside: it is their
only option left. If all resources are concentrated in a few hands,
if simple humans are left with violated rights, and if human rights
activists conclude that a suicide is an individual freedom, then it
is easy to see how suicide becomes a great way to exterminate un-
wanted populations, left-overs, etc, and to frighten to death others
Yesterday Germany decided to drop legal safeguards against the abomi-
nation, and allowed for pure economical reasons (to sustain invest-
ments made recently by Germany in the genetic economy) to allow re-
search on "Stammzellen" (human embryo). Prof. Jacques Testart stopped
his research almost two decades ago, because he had foreseen that the
"gene desire" would lead to the most barbaric human right abuse:
women and/or parents feeling obliged to produce "sustainable" human
beings. These "grands machins", as de Gaulle coined them, (big
things) such as the UN, the World Bank, the IMF, the WTO, the NATO,
are a great opportunity for analysts to push concepts away from the
people. If Germany takes this step, it is not because Chancellor
Schroeder understands something about genetics, but it is because he
reads reports saying that he needs to take such and such measure in
order to create jobs. But who writes these reports? Who thinks for
The amazing progress made on HIV/AIDS recently isn't the product of
the World Bank, the IMF, McKinsey, UNAIDS, Bill Gates' clemency, but
it was two simple HIV-positive persons last summer that forced the
world to make a U-turn: Zackie Achmat (38 years old) and Nkosi John-
son (12 years old).
Thus I don't believe in human rights declarations, but I believe that
writing about it, educating each other -- as you do Claudio -- is a
wonderful way to achieve more and not just for human suffering but
also for animal suffering. Let us not forget that animals are the
most endangered beings today.
Recently Mary Robinson suggested that she could do more outside the
UN than within.
Thanks for your thoughts Claudio :-)
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