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UN in disarray: Travesty of int’l law?

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Syed Qamar A Rizvi
THE excruciating silence shown by the United Nations Security Council regarding the gross human rights violations committed in Gaza, Kashmir and Myanmar—reflects nothing but a politicised-cum- polarized UNSC’s role in the global affairs. The Muslim world feels highly alienated and compartmentalised by this discriminatory attitude of the UNSC. The international human rights organisations court expressed grave concerns about the waning status of international human rights law. New Haven School of Harvard Law leaders Myres McDougal and W Michael Reisman argued that international law is itself a “world constitutive process of authoritative decision,” not merely a set of rules, whose goal is a world public order of human dignity, designed to serve particular ends and values by establishing regimes of effective control’’. But unfortunately, international rule of law remains inapplicable because of unjust policies fostered by Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu, India’s Narendra Modi, and Myanmar’s Aung San Suu Kyi.
2017 marks ten years of Israeli siege of Gaza. Since 2007, the 1.8 million people in the Gaza Strip have existed under a regime of land, sea and air closure, known as the Siege, or Blockade, of Gaza. This siege has kept Gaza on the brink of a humanitarian disaster for the past ten years, a policy described by an Israeli official as being to “put the Palestinians on a diet, but not to make them die of hunger.” There is a broad consensus— amongst human rights........

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