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The Clash with the Charter

In the final part of our podcast series we highlight one of the biggest failures in the history of the UN. A conflict that raise emotions in many of us, but no matter which side you take or if you chose not to take sides at all, there is one undeniable fact: THE INFLUENCE OF THE VETO in the Israeli–Arab conflict.

 

Download the transcript as a PDF-version: Episode 6 – The Clash with the Charter, or read the full transcript of the episode below: (more…)

2017-01-22T20:34:44+00:00 September 15th, 2015|Tags: , , , , , , |

Core Concerns

In today’s episode of The Veto Cast we highlight the concept of Core Concerns. This is a formulation created by Stop Illegitmate Vetoes to define on what grounds a veto can be used legitimately.

The core concerns of a state is to remain secure for its citizens while being recognized as a sovereign country. A malicious Security Council without the veto could, in a worst case scenario, challenge a state’s security and sovereignty through actions and decisions. The veto was put in place to guarantee the permanent members that this would not happen – but today, the veto is used for many more reasons than to protect the core concerns.

In the case of Ukraine the veto was not in line with neither core concerns nor the UN charter. The motives behind the veto and what Russia frames as national interests is explained by Elena Namli, professor of ethics at Uppsala University. With the help of Eduard Dyachuk we explore the complicated relationship between Ukraine and Russia.

Join the veto cast as we we guide you on the complicated road of international law.

 

Download the transcript as a PDF-version: Episode 5 – Core Concerns, or read the full transcript of the episode below: (more…)

Have You Heard About Burma

Burma first caught the eyes of the world during the 2007 Saffron revolution when munks took the streets to protest against the regime. With the help of Mya Lay we tell the story of what happened in the Saffron Revolution and what Burmas rocky road towards democracy looks like from a Burmese perspective.
If you haven’t heard about Burma, now is the time!

 

Download the transcript as a PDF-version: Episode 4 – Have you heard about Burma, or read the full transcript of the episode below: (more…)

Malaysian draft resolution on MH17 opposed by Russia

Update: Since the initial publication of this article, Russia has vetoed the draft resolution proposing an international tribunal to investigate the downing of flight MH17. The vote was held in a Security Council meeting on July 29th.

Russia opposes a draft resolution on the establishment of a criminal tribunal to investigate the crash of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 last year. News sources report that Russian officials call the draft resolution “counterproductive” and “an attempt to organize a grandiose, political show, which only damages efforts to find the guilty parties.”

Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 was shot down over the Ukraine in July last year in an incident that killed all 298 passengers and sparked an international crisis. The flight was headed from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur and most of the passengers were Dutch nationals. Western countries and the Ukraine have accused Ukrainian rebels of the shooting and Russian authorities of supporting the rebels.

A draft resolution on the establishment of a tribunal to investigate the events was distributed to the Security Council last week. It is backed by Council member Malaysia and supported by non-members the Netherlands, Belgium, Ukraine and Australia. Russia quickly dismissed the draft, citing bad timing and accusing the backers of the draft of trying to make a “political show”.

Among the critical voices from the Russian Federation is UN ambassador Vitaly Churkin who said Friday that he sees “no future whatsoever” for the draft resolution. Russia has also denied that the state supplied the Ukrainian rebels with the weapons system claimed to have been used to fire on the aircraft.

A final report by Dutch investigators is expected shortly. The initial report, published in September last year, established that the aircraft had been hit by a “number of high-energy objects”, suggesting it was shot down.

“A tribunal established by the council would ensure broad international support for prosecutions and would maximize the prospects of securing international cooperation, which will be necessary for an effective prosecution” Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs, Julie Bishop, said in support of the current draft resolution.

The downing of MH17 drew heavy attention last year as it concerned not only Russia and the Ukraine but also Malaysia, the Netherlands and several other states whose nationals were among the killed. It followed only months after another Malaysian Airlines flight went missing en route to Beijing, causing fear among passengers. There are no links between the incidents, however.

Sources:

Russia to veto MH17 tribunal plan at UN, World Bulletin;
http://www.worldbulletin.net/news/161975/russia-to-veto-mh17-tribunal-plan-at-un

Russia Makes Veiled Threat To Veto MH17 Tribunal Plan At UN, Radio Free Europe;
http://www.rferl.org/content/russia-veiled-veto-threat-un-mh17-tribunal/27119666.html

Australia urges UN support for tribunal to prosecute those who downed MH17, The Guardian;
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/jul/14/australia-urges-un-support-tribunal-prosecute-mh17

MH17 destroyed in instant by ‘number of high-energy objects’, says report, The Guardian;
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/sep/09/mh17-destroyed-instant-high-energy-objects-report

Malaysia Airlines MH17: Russia rebukes push for UN tribunal, CBC;
http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/malaysia-airlines-mh17-russia-rebukes-push-for-un-tribunal-1.3146029

Russia Opposes UN Resolution for Tribunal for MH17 Crash, ABC News;
http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/russia-opposes-resolution-tribunal-mh17-crash-32328528

 

Image source:

“Boeing 777-2H6ER 9M-MRD Malaysian (6658105143)” by Alan Wilson – Boeing 777-2H6ER ‘9M-MRD’ MalaysianUploaded by russavia. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons – https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Boeing_777-2H6ER_9M-MRD_Malaysian_(6658105143).jpg#/media/File:Boeing_777-2H6ER_9M-MRD_Malaysian_(6658105143).jpg

2017-12-29T12:22:08+00:00 July 14th, 2015|Categories: Articles|Tags: , , , , , , , , |