“Global Conflicts & Return of Cold War” – 2nd Session of National Conference on Human Rights

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Global Conflicts & Return of Cold War” – 2nd Session of National Conference on Human Rights

 

Gopal Menon, Reny Ayline, Adv. Bhavani Mohan & Ahamed Shareef

 

Welcome:           Reny Ayline – Secretary, NCHRO.

 

Chair:                    Adv. Bhavani.  Ba. Mohan – State President, NCHRO, Tamil Nadu.

 

Keynote:             Gopal Menon – Documentary Film Director.

 

Speakers:            Ahamed Shareef – Associate Editor, Thejas Daily, Calicut.

 

Abstract

Empire means conquest, and conquest means tensions, violence, and war. Empire breeds the war state, and the war state is ultimately incompatible with constitutional government. The war is not meant to be won, it is meant to be continuous.

Each time a new war is disclosed in the name of the fight of the good against evil, those who are killed are all poor. It’s always the same story repeating once and again and again.” There is no benevolent power as we’ve seen throughout history. Everybody has its own agenda and it wages war against the countries it considers or propagate as its enemies.

Naturally the common people don’t want war. But, after all, it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the peacemakers for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger.

The exhaustion from two world wars and the Great Depression ended the British and French empires after World War II and thrust the United States and Russia into the forefront as the two main global empires. The United States government has long developed an acquired taste for war.

The imperial thinking has led to wars of regime change in various countries. If one wanted to start a perpetual war they would need an enemy, either real or perceived.  Would make us think that the majority of these people are “enemies/terrorists/evil states” through repetition, ad nauseam, of psychological catch phrases designed to remove critical thought.

Military muscle exists to permit global corporations to expand markets and plunder natural resources while keeping subjugated populations impoverished by corrupt and brutal puppet regimes. The violence may in any form such as launching an unending string of wars, conflicts, raids, kidnappings, acts of torture, drone assassination programs, sanctions, propaganda etc. World War II led to nearly half a century of Cold War, the creation of an existential nuclear threat across the globe.

Western world more generally – are comfortable dealing with ruthless tyrants and dictators all over the world, partly because they’ve just had more practice with it than dealing with ‘democratic’ governments in so-called ‘Third World’ nations. Often by arming dictators, by initiating coups, military support and supporting them to repress their own populations, and in return, they support US and Western geopolitical, strategic and economic interests in the region. Essentially, dictators provide Western companies with immense wealth and the opportunity of vast and cheap reserves. The truth is that corrupt dictatorships are less costly than the transition to a real democracy.

In its initial stages, the uprising in Syria had a nonviolent and mass character, but the savage repression and violence carried out by the regime militarized the conflict, Today, 11 million people–half the country’s population–have been displaced, with the Assad regime responsible for the lion’s share of the death and destruction. Already over a million Syrians are under siege, many starving and dying for lack of health care. This state terrorism would have been impossible without the tacit cooperation of the U.S and Russia. Western imperialism collaborated with Assad on numerous issues including the 1991 Gulf War as well as the CIA’s program of torture by proxy conducted globally.

Russia wants to secure its position as a power broker in the region, Moscow’s military intervention is nothing but an invasion intended to save the bloodthirsty dictatorship of Bashar al-Assad! The regime’s tactics of encircling and bombing dissident population centres using barrel bombs, cluster munitions and chemical weapons have created suffering on a massive scale. Mutilated and dead children, collapsed and burning hospitals, schools, and desolate roads filled with hundreds of thousands of fleeing refugees testify to genocidal war crimes.

The impact of successive US interventions in many countries through decades of war, sanctions and occupation was catastrophic. US policies took sectarianism to new heights, parcelling up what remained of the state between confessional militias and rapacious neoliberal corporations. Many countries social fabric was torn apart through a process of ethnic and sectarian “cleansing” and civil war.

Many war torned countries will need a decade of rebuilding and reform to produce true stability and raise its per capita income and income distribution to acceptable levels. This requires both stable internal politics and leadership. Civil upheavals, civil war, sectarian and ethnic violence, a loss of investment and capital flight, massive refugee and IDP problems, things are worse at many Middle East and North African countries.

The United Nations has called refugees the worst humanitarian crisis of our time. Millions of people are displaced. Hundreds of thousands have streamed to Europe, with thousands drowning in the sea because of Europe’s border and asylum policies. More than half of those refugees are children. Are these refugees simply victims of a humanitarian crisis? What are they fleeing, and what experiences do they carry with them and who is responsible for their displacement?

Apart from death due to direct war violence; many more died as a result of the indirect consequences of the warfare, such as malnutrition, damaged infrastructure, environmental degradation, disease and hunger – or how many died from lack of services in places where hospitals were bombed out of commission. On average, for every person killed in fighting four other people die due to indirect consequences that can be felt months or even years later.

In a context of evolving forms of ‘war’ and other forms of violent conflict, the protection of human rights faces unprecedented challenges and poses essential dilemmas;  impunity of perpetrators of human rights violations in conflict settings remains rampant. In the time when human rights are violated on a regular basis, violence triumphs, and feeble democracies ever more often back down before authoritarian rule, there obviously arises the need to reflect on the possible ways of counteracting such phenomena.

It is important for everyone, of all races, to see and treat every other person as a human being. Despite our cultural differences, we are part of one human family. Second, it is crucial that we hold our political leaders accountable for authorizing acts of torture and starting wars. It is vital that we work to build institutions that foster peace instead of war and sustain humanity rather than destroy it. To build a better future for humanity is by no means an easy task.

The humanitarian, economic, developmental and security consequences of war do not end upon the conclusion of armed conflict. Residual violence, food shortages, a lack of basic services, and spillover of violence into neighbouring countries are just some of the complex challenges to the establishment of a normal, peaceful society in places that have experienced extreme violence.

We the citizens of Earth, in all nations of the world, are all One Family. Peace starts with all of us. It is one of the most important tasks before us. We must be firmly against war, in addition to being for peace. Now is the time to start building that brighter and more humane future.

 

Chair – Adv. Bhavani Ba. Mohan – State President, NCHRO, Tamilnadu

 

Gopal Menon – Documentary Film Director

 

Reny Ayline, Adv. Bhavani Ba Mohan and Ahamed Shareef

 

Gopal Menon, Reny Ayline and Adv. Bhavani Ba Mohan

 

Delegates

 

Delegates

 

Interactive Session

 

Delegates

 

Delegates

 

Media Coverage

Outlook:-
https://www.outlookindia.com/newsscroll/demand-for-justice-for-lankesh-at-human-rights-conference/1180534

IndiaToday:-
http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/demand-for-justice-for-lankesh-at-human-rights-conference/1/1081296.html

Business Standard:-
http://www.business-standard.com/article/pti-stories/demand-for-justice-for-lankesh-at-human-rights-conference-117110201681_1.html

Siasat:-
https://www.siasat.com/news/rss-trying-change-social-ambience-universities-jnu-professor-nivedita-menon-1251914/
https://www.siasat.com/news/country-ruled-east-india-company-dr-zafarul-islam-1250688/

Muslim Mirror:-
http://muslimmirror.com/eng/indian-media-is-under-full-control-of-brahminical-forces-and-trying-to-impose-manuwad-in-this-country-dalit-thinker-v-t-rajashekar/
http://muslimmirror.com/eng/20-years-of-nchrotwo-day-national-conference-on-human-rights-inaugurated-by-dr-zafarul-islam-khan/

Maeeshat.in:-
http://www.maeeshat.in/2017/11/rss-trying-to-change-social-cultural-ambience-of-universities-prof-nivedita-menon/
http://www.maeeshat.in/2017/11/the-country-as-if-ruled-by-east-india-company-dr-zafarul-islam/

FirstPost:-
http://www.firstpost.com/india/justice-for-gauri-lankesh-repeal-of-afspa-amongst-15-demands-passed-at-human-rights-conference-in-delhi-4190711.html

News47:-
http://news47.in/2017/11/04/stop-the-harassment-of-human-rights-defenders-nchro/
http://news47.in/2017/10/29/20-years-of-nchro-two-day-national-conference-on-human-rights-inaugurated-by-dr-zafarul-islam-khan/

Milli Gazette
http://www.milligazette.com/news/15936-two-day-national-conference-on-human-rights-inaugurated-today-in-delhi

India.com:-
http://www.india.com/news/agencies/demand-for-justice-for-lankesh-at-human-rights-conference-2594535/

Ahinda:-
http://ahinda.com/?p=20957

IslamTech:-
http://islamtech.in/two-day-nationwide-convention-on-human-rights-inaugurated-immediately-in-delhi/

YouTube Videos uploaded by Delegates:-

1) Prof. Nivedita Menon, JNU on Universities and Academic Freedom :- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ifv633-H_WM

2) Umar Khaild, JNU on Universities and Academic Freedom :-  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WhwpC0BqRMc

3) Vasantha Kumari Wife of Prof. Saibaba :- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gYtm_gNOrKQ

4) Shadaf Mushraf (Sister of missing JNU scholar Najeeb) :- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d2-4OtJsyYY

5) Cultural Program by Sangwari Group :- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NTC_rjwu4h8

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