Program Highlights

How Double-Standards at the UN Combine with Disproportionate Western Influence in World Lending Agencies to Subvert rather than Promote Democracy.

Alfred-Maurice de Zayas is a Cuban-born American lawyer and writer, active in the field of human rights and international law joins Bringog Light Intp Drkness to discuss the insights he has developed over the past 40 years of working for the United Nations as an international law expert.

Mr. de Zayas has been in the UN system for more than four decades as a senior staff person and attorney with the High Commission on Human Rights including as United Nations Independent Expert on the Promotion of a Democratic and Equitable International Order (2012–2018)
Other UN positions include working as a consultant once he took retirement and also as a rapporteur for the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, which is the leading United Nations entity in the field of human rights, with a unique mandate to promote and protect all human rights for all people.

Please join us tonight as we review his recent article Double-Standards at the UN Human Rights Council, published 5/17/22 in Counterpunch. Mr de Zayas details hpw the UN Human Rights Council essentially serves the interests of the Western developed countries’ elite and in doing so creates a second class status for the rect of the world’s majority populations when it comes to the promotion and protection of human rights. Our guest describes how blackmail and bullying are common practices, and the US has proven that it has sufficient “soft power” to control weaker countries. The leaders of these countries get to join the club if they abandon the illusion of sovereignty and service totheir majority population interests and are rewarded accordingly by being called “democratic”. Learn about the politics that drive UN outcomes and the reality, despite the false image, that only major powers can afford to have their own opinions and to vote accordingly.

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