The will to uphold human rights in Afghanistan? So a female member of parliament is tossed out for pointing out the obvious facts that former warlords who grossly violated human rights are in the parliament.
Or is it the right to convert from Islam to another religion. In Afghanistan that merits a death sentence. In fact an Afghan who did so was saved only by being granted asylum in Italy.
The rule of law? Well the above is Sharia law according to some interpretations and surely the ambassador knows that the department of Virtue and Vice that was infamous under the Taliban has been re-introduced by the Karzai government to appease some of the Islamists in the government.
We are rallying to save the illegal overthrow of the Taliban government by the US and its allies including us. The Karzai government is desperate to retain power, so much so that it is willing bribe groups it brands terrorists to come into the government. In case anyone wants to know what a moderate Taliban is the definition is simple. Any Taliban no matter how radical or extreme who supports the Karzai government.
Canada issues Afghan rally cry
Globe and Mail Update and Canadian Press
October 2, 2007 at 1:11 PM EDT
Foreign Affairs Minister Maxime Bernier issued a rallying cry Tuesday to the United Nations, calling on member nations to support the bid to appoint a special UN envoy for Afghanistan.
In his debut speech to the UN General Assembly, Mr. Bernier said the world needed to show the “determination” and “political will” to truly uphold human rights in the country.
And they can rely on Canada to be “a reliable partner” in that effort, he said
“Security is the crucial pillar on which everything rests, and long-term stability means the sustainable development of the country,” Mr. Bernier said.
Bernier at UN
Foreign Affairs Minister Maxime Bernier addresses the UN General Assembly
Canada is calling for the appointment of a high-level Afghan envoy, to be modelled on the work of former British prime minister Tony Blair in the Middle East peace process.
Mr. Bernier said the very foundation of democracy in Afghanistan relies on strong support from other nations.
“Canada believes a united international community must support efforts to rebuild Afghanistan. No one country can do this alone,” he said.
“... The challenge is great, we all know that, but the principles we defend are even greater.”
Without security, he said, there was no way to ensure democracy, political stability, health services or education.
“The challenges which we must face to preserve our security are of such a magnitude that no country can hope to tackle it alone,” Mr. Bernier said.
“... Canada will remain a reliable partner for all countries that want to promote freedom, democracy, human rights, and the rule of law.”
Mr. Bernier said the efforts of about 60 countries and international groups in Afghanistan are commendable, but a new high-profile envoy for the NATO effort should be able to attract more help and better co-ordinate efforts.
The UN's role in Afghanistan is the world body's “most important special political mission,” he said.
Bernier has talked about the idea in some 30 bilateral meetings at the UN last week.
“We built a strong case,” he said after the 10-minute speech. It was not immediately clear how UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon will respond.
Mr. Bernier, who used the meetings to ask for military and humanitarian aid for Afghanistan, said the French government committed to putting more planes into the southern province of Kandahar and sending 150 more soldiers to train Afghan forces.
Mr. Bernier, who became foreign minister in a cabinet shuffle in August, also said Canada wants the UN to extend the stabilization mission in Haiti.
And he praised the UN Human Rights Council for holding a special session on Myanmar, the Southeast Asian country also known as Burma.
“In Burma, it is imperative to restore democracy and human rights. We expect the UN to be at the forefront of these efforts,” he said.
In Sudan, he said, peacekeeping missions are forming a security framework for durable peace.
“The international community must demonstrate the political will to find new solutions.”
The prime minister usually addresses the annual General Assembly session, but Prime Minister Stephen Harper couldn't get on the roster last week on the day when U.S. President George W. Bush and other leaders spoke. He chose to speak to a special UN panel on climate change instead