UN GENERAL ASSEMBLY: Uruguay apologizes for rape of Haitian citizen by members of its MINUSTAH force: Calls for end to intervention in other states’ internal affairs. Martelly says nothing!
Danilo Astori, Vice President of Uruguay, addresses the general debate of the sixty-sixth session of the General Assembly.
27 September 2011 | 01:41 |
Speaking before the United Nations General Assembly, Uruguayan Vice President Danilo Astori on Monday apologized for the rape of 18 year old Haitian Johny Jean by members of the Uruguayan MINUSTAH detachment, during July of 2011.
His comments were in contrast to Haitian President Michel Martelly’s non-speech that really didn’t cover questions and differences between the United Nations and Haiti’s people.
In effect, the Uruguayan Vice-President said everything while Martelly said nothing.
Astori also said the international community should stop intervention in other states’ internal affairs and avoid double standards on human rights, Xinhua informed.
“Always keeping in mind the principle of non-intervention in the internal affairs of other states, a principle that our country and region holds dear, we acknowledge the state’s primary responsibility to protect its population, as well as the importance of fostering cooperation with states that might require international assistance to fulfill this obligation; the aim is not to weaken their sovereignty but to strengthen it,” said Astori, while addressing the ongoing general debate of the 66th session of United Nations General Assembly on the role of mediation in settling disputes by peaceful means.
Uruguay holds the current presidency of the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council.
During its presidency at the UN Human Rights Council, Uruguay would like to “improve the procedures and favor the application of the instruments that the Council has in a non-selective manner and avoiding double standards,”
Astori gave a meaningful speech while Haiti’s President Michel Martelly missed a real opportunity to address the cholera situation, MINUSTAH’s Mandate renewal, modification of this contract and human right abuses.
Instead, he and his 28 person entourage enjoyed their $13,000 per day hotel rooms, with caviar and brandy.
The IMF Chief/Rapist only squandered $3,500 per night on his room.
There must be a lesson here.