UNESCO Peace Prize to a War Criminal
The UN functions as an imperial tool.
by Stephen Lendman
It shouldn't surprise. Nobel committee members prioritize doing it. America's Presidential Medal of Freedom honors genocidists. So does Israel's equivalent award.
UNESCO is the UN's educational, scientific and cultural organization. It stresses "building peace in the minds of men and women."
It "works to create the conditions for dialogue among civilizations, cultures and peoples, based upon respect for commonly shared values."
Through dialogue it hopes "world can achieve global visions of sustainable development encompassing observance of human rights, mutual respect and the alleviation of poverty, all of which are at the heart of UNESCO'S mission and activities."
Its rhetoric and policies differ. Double standards reflect UN priorities. Officials are Western tools. They honor their own. They violate UN Charter provisions.
They do so with impunity. Millions die as a result. Millions more suffer horrendously. Imperial ruthlessness assures it. Global dominance is prioritized.
Mass destruction and slaughter further what international law prohibits. UNESCO paid no attention. Doing so allies it with wrong over right. It betrays its mandate. It calls for respecting commonly shared values and human rights.
On February 21, the UN News Centre headlined "French President Francois Hollande awarded UNESCO peace prize." It's for his "valuable contribution to peace and stability in Africa."
He's gone all out to wreck it. He's waging lawless imperial aggression. He's slaughtering innocent civilians. He's committing crimes of war and against humanity.
Former Mozambique President Joaquim Chissano chairs UNESCO's Felix Houphouet-Boigny Peace Prize. It was established in 1989. It was done at UNESCO's 25th session.
It's named after a man closely associated with France's colonial past. He was Ivory Coast's first president. UNESCO calls him the "Sage of Africa." Why it has to explain.
The prize honors "living individuals and active public or private bodies or institutions that have made a significant contribution to promoting, seeking, safeguarding or maintaining peace, in conformity with the Charter of the United Nations and the Constitution of UNESCO."