Every year the United Nations passes hundreds of Resolutions on various topics concerning international affairs. From promoting women rights to preventing nuclear proliferation, these resolutions are passed with the goal of promoting human rights and protecting those most affected by extreme poverty and war. And while the effectiveness of these resolutions is highly debatable, most people agree with the fact that these goals, whether achievable or not, are common goals that all nations should agree with. After all, normative theories like The Right to Intervene, have gained a lot of support from the international community.
While some say that NGO’s and international organizations as the UN are independent organizations that should serve as vehicles to achieve international standards of human rights. There is evidence that this is no the case. This article is a great example of that. Here we have the US and the Western world trying to offer humanitarian aid to Syria, in an effort to help civilians suffering from the consequences of one of the bloodiest civil wars of our time, and we have Russia and China trying to prevent it.
While neither country has officially veto the proposed resolution, they are certainly not cooperative. Which is rather evident with Russian ambassador saying that the humanitarian aid is “one of those political things” that would not be adopted by the Security Council. “ As the “text would not have any practical, positive impact on the situation,”
This is certainly disappointing, especially when this “political thing” could save the lives of mainly women, children and elderly people, who are unfairly affected by a conflict they are not responsible for. I think this reality shows the nature of the international system and the fact that even when we promised after WWII that Human Rights atrocities will not happen again, they happen and main world players such as Russia and China not only refuse to do something about it, but they prevent the world from intervening based on their ideology and political alliances.