Friday, April 01, 2005


Quote of the Day

... the human rights movement has an enormous stake in the success of multilateralism and the future of the UN in particular. We all feel the frustration of impotence in the face of mass human rights violations in conflict situations which can be addressed only by international intervention. Yet we feel a mistrust of the exercise of military power. The only escape from that feeling and frustration lies in principled multilateral action. The human rights movement has the principles and the impartiality to contribute to the definition of criteria for legitimate intervention, and it must work to develop the effectiveness of the UN and regional organizations in mounting and fully controlling such interventions.
—Ian Martin, Secretary General, Amnesty International (1986-1992), speaking at Harvard Law School

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