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Saudi Arabia Refuses UN Security Council Seat


Saudi Arabia Refuses UN Security Council Seat Because It Has Failed Its Duty to Bring Peace to The World / A Strong Signal to Reform the UN

NEW YORK – The United Nations has its roots in the League of Nations, which was set up after World War I, with US President Woodrow Wilson as one of the masterminds behind the effort. His bold goal was to build an international organization that would aim at ending all wars and bringing peace to the world.  The UN was founded in 1945 after World War II to replace the League of Nations, to stop wars between countries, and to provide a platform for dialogue.

Saudi Arabia has refused its seat in the UN Security Council, on claims that the world body employed double standards and has failed its duty on Syria, nuclear weapons and the Palestinians. Saudi Arabia has long opposed permanent Security Council members Russia and China for exercising their veto right on Syria.

Saudi Arabian representatives said that they would not consider UN Security Council membership before necessary reforms to make the body work in line with the UN Charter were made. The refusal and the related criticism are thus a starting point for reforming the work and organization of the UN from its dysfunctionalities, as well as a reminder of the reasons and responsibilities that the UN was created for: maintaining international peace and security.

Although the move stems from criticism of letting a killer stay in power in Syria, Saudi Arabia itself is not a country that could be proud of its human rights record, either. Women's rights are notoriously suppressed, the death penalty is still in use, public executions take place and human rights activists are commonly persecuted. Its receiving a seat at the UN Security Council in the first place was criticized by a number of human rights groups; the country ranked among the nine worst human rights abusers in a 2012 Freedom House ranking "Worst of the Worst".

Cinema for Peace founder Jaka Bizilj: "The UN was founded in order to secure world peace. In 2014 a hundred years have passed since World War I, and it is finally time to end all wars. This goal should become the first priority when the new Millennium Development Goals will be defined in 2015. Hopefully  this will also be a topic of the G8 meeting 2015 in Germany. In 2014 it will be also 25 years since the Berlin Wall fell and the Cold War was ended peacefully in Berlin. Hopefully this can be a signal for our future world – a world in peace."

We invite you to watch the following trailers on the topic of UN as well as Saudi Arabia:
  • DIPLOMACY: THE RESPONSIBILITY TO PROTECT by Rasmus Dinesen and Boris B. Bertram is a rare film that demonstrates the frustration, the slowness, and obstacles to the peacekeeping and consensus building processes.
  • SHAKE HANDS WITH THE DEVIL by Roger Spottiswoode is the story of UN General Romeo Dallaire's frustrated efforts to stop the madness of the Rwandan Genocide, despite the complete indifference of his superiors.
  • HOTEL RWANDA by Terry George is a true story of a hotel manager who housed over a thousand Tutsi refugees during their struggle against the Hutu militia in Rwanda.
  • NO MAN'S LAND by Danis Tanovic is an Oscar-winning satire about the war in Bosnia and the failing of the European Union and UN.
  • GROUND ZERO: SYRIA by Robert King  is a compilation of photojournalist and videographer King’s footage into a series of raw, largely unedited vignettes that present a snapshot of the ancient city of Aleppo as it crumbles and burns while its citizens are killed indiscriminately.
  • INSIDE THE SAUDI KINGDOM by Lionel Mill is the first film shot by a Western observational documentary crew  inside Saudi Arabia for over 26 years. Through unique access to one of the most senior Royal Princes in the Kingdom this film paints a portrait of modern Saudi Arabia at a crossroads.