As we have just seen in regards to the recent massacres in Syria by the Assad Military and hired thugs, the veto power of the five permanent members of the Security Council, including Russia's and China's, has proved to be a detrimant to peace. We have also seen the United States use its veto power over and over to defend the zionist state of Israel's crimes against the civilian Palestinian population. The United Nations could be very effective, if it wasn’t rendered toothless by the veto power of the five permanent members in the Security Council, essentially a dictatorship. This petition calls for the abolition of permanent membership in the Security Council and of the power of veto.
Currently, there can be 192 out of 193 votes in favour of a resolution, and it can still be vetoed. This is completely undemocratic and irrational.
The veto power has enabled powerful countries to overthrow democratically elected governments, bomb civilians, terrorize their own populations, place inhumane sanctions on civilians, even refuse UN officials access to investigate.
The UN was set up to promote world peace and ensure that no country could hold the rest to ransom. In practice, the structure of the Security Council undermines the purpose of having a United Nations at all.
Below are a few of the UN resolutions, ratified by a majority of nations, which have been vetoed by the Security Council:
(2008) assuring non-nuclear states they will not be attacked or threatened with nuclear weapons
(2007) applicability of the Geneva Convention to the protection of civilians in time of war
(2006) for a convention against female discrimination
(2001) condemning Israel for acts of terror against civilians in the occupied territories
(2001) to set up the International Criminal Court
(1978) for an end to all military and nuclear collaboration with apartheid South Africa
(1989) condemning illegal USA embargo of Nicaragua
(1982) development of international law
(1976) for self determination for the Palestinians
(1976) for the admission of Vietnam to the UN
(1982) declaring that education, work, health care, proper nourishment, national development are human rights
(1987) measures to prevent international terrorism, study the underlying political and economic causes of terrorism, convene a conference to define terrorism and to differentiate it from the struggle of people for national liberation
(1973) condemning Israel for attacking Lebanese civilians
(1981) concerning Israeli human rights violations in occupied territories
(1987) for compliance in the International Court concerning military and paramilitary activities against Nicaragua and an end to the trade embargo
(1989) condemning USA invasion of Panama
(1990) to send three UN Security Council observers to the occupied Palestinian territories
(1999) calling on the USA to end its trade embargo on Cuba
Therefore, we are calling on the UN members, administrators, and policy makers in the United Nations body to act immediatley to remove the veto provisions from the UN charter.
If the UN fails to reform itself once the signatures are reached and the petition is presented to it, we will organize a mass protest and sit-in at the UN until the policy makers of the world fulfill the demands of the global citizen to end this flawed international structure.