'Human rights overriding sovereignty' only a mask of hegemony

Some Western countries recently have been claiming the "human rights overriding sovereignty" [principle] in high-sounding [language].

However, it is only a public mask for some western clowns to hide their true faces of hegemonism and a public excuse for them to pursue their own national interests and carry out their values behind [the process].

Apparently, they are holding up the moral flag for safeguarding the human rights of all people on this planet, but in doing that they violate other countries' sovereignty optionally, interfere un their internal affairs, overthrow governments in other countries, attack with military forces and even operate "Decapitation Action" toward other countries' leaders.

Covering the mask, they act like "preachers of human rights," and issue the so-called Country Reports on Human Rights to criticize the "terrible" situations regarding human rights in more than 190 countries, excluding themselves.

Using the excuse, they disrespect other countries' laws when talking of human rights, and turn mutual dialogue into unilateral pressure.

Under the circumstances, "human rights overriding sovereignty" has already become the most powerful weapon of some Western countries.

However, nothing hints at the "human rights overriding sovereignty" being legal in the UN Charter, but the saying does violate the UN Charter.

The Charter regulates clearly that "Nothing contained in the present Charter shall authorize the United Nations to intervene in matters which are essentially within the domestic jurisdiction of any state. (Chapter I)"

"No State or group of States has the right to intervene directly or indirectly, for any reason whatever, in the internal or external affairs of any other State."

"No State may use or encourage the use of economic, political or any other type of measures to coerce another State in order to obtain from it the subordination of the exercise of its sovereign rights and to secure from it advantages of any kind."

Regulated in "The Declaration on Principles of International Law concerning Friendly Relations and Cooperation among States in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations" issued on Oct. 24 of 1970 by the United Nations.

After listing 28 items of human rights, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights written in the U.N. in 1948 says "These rights and freedoms may in no case be exercised contrary to the purposes and principles of the United Nations."

The principle of a country's sovereignty is a basic right the basic supported by the purposes and principles of the United Nations. If that basis is waved, the world is going to be in disorder.

When coming down to its own sovereignty, America, the country that is claiming the "human rights overriding sovereignty" right all the time, will never make any compromise.

As of now, United States still refuses to sign the Ottawa Treaty, which aims at stopping the effects of anti-personnel landmines (AP mines) around the world, as well as the Kyoto Protocol, which aims at controlling global warming, because such treaties will absolutely affect its sovereignty and national interests.

"Human rights overriding sovereignty" stands for messing up the whole world. When the Western coalition intervening in Libyan civil affairs under the name of humanitarian [intervention] uses military force to target places, including TV stations and the accommodation of Qaddafi, the Libyan leader, which has nothing to do with protecting civilian and human rights. Obviously, it is intended to effect a "Decapitation Action" for Qaddafi.

Further, the most horrible aspect about the saying is it's borderless. What else cannot be done, even to kill a country's leader can be done under the excuse of it?

[Source: By Wang Hanlu, People Daily, Beijing, 29Apr11]

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