Poland, Iran and Guatemala have condemned a United Nation's vote to investigate human rights' violations in their countries.
1. SV INTERIOR Mr Olara Otunnu, Ugandan representative, United Nations President of Human Rights Commission speaking (SOT) 1.14
SPEECH TRANSCRIPT: OTUNNU: "It has helped in many ways. First of all, it has provided a forum for governments, for non-governmental organisations, including a victims of violations of human rights, to come and express their concern publicly, and freely. That is very important. Secondly, by so doing, gentle pressure on one hand is brought to bear on those responsible for violations of human rights, to stop their violations, to be more watchful, knowing that the international community, in the organ of the Commission, is watching. On the other hand, it holds out a measure of hope for the victims of violations of human rights. They know that the international community is concerned, and their suffering is not in vain, and that the issue will be raised."
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Background: UNITED NATIONS
Poland, Iran and Guatemala have condemned a United Nation's vote to investigate human rights' violations in their countries. Both Poland and Iran have vowed not to allow special UN envoys onto their soil. The reaction to the UN Commission on Human Rights' decision has caused concern among delegates. Western delegates who backed the resolutions said the March 9 vote showed that the 43-nation commission can keep human rights violations under consideration for years, but can do little when countries refuse to co-operate. The President of the Commission, Uganda's Permanent Representative to the UN, Olara Otunnu, later justified the Commission's role. Speaking at the end of the six-week session in Geneva, Mr Otunnu said governments and other organisations concerned with human rights issues need a forum to express their preoccupations. He said the Commission fulfilled this purpose; while exerting pressure on governments responsible for human rights violations, and provided hope to victims of such violations.
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