Reflection: Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan’s plight for the refugees resonates on Huxley’s expression “Man’s Inhumanity to Man”

Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan (1933 – 2003). (Image credit: Wikipedia Commons)Further to Simerg’s earlier post, Building on the Legacy of Prince Sadruddin, Simerg produces in this new post excerpts from a selection of statements, interviews and speeches that the late Prince Sadrudding Aga Khan made when he was the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

“We can only hope that gatherings such as this will bring the time nearer when Man will no longer have to fear what Aldous Huxley so well expressed as “Man’s inhumanity to Man.”

All nations desire peace, progress and justice – yet every day selfishness, intolerance, lack of understanding and discrimination continue to add tragic pages to the history of our time. Indeed, this century has been greatly guilty in its disrespect for the inalienable rights of man …”

– Prince Sadruddin, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
International Conference on Human Rights, Teheran, Iran, 25 April 1968

The late Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan with Secretary-General U Thant at his home on 23 June 1971. (Image credit: Teddy Chan, United Nations via Simerg)
The late Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan with Secretary-General U Thant at his home on 23 June 1971. (Image credit: Teddy Chan, United Nations via Simerg)

“When I was watching television during the tremendous Apollo experience recently and saw the world as a tiny sphere, it seemed incredible that, after so many years, it had not learned to live in peace, that men were still fighting, perpetrating injustice, committing crimes against humanity and persecuting individuals …”

– Prince Sadruddin, United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees
UN Headquarters, New York, USA, 15 January 1969

Links to a fuller version of this article as well as his UNHCR speeches can be found at Simerg.

Discover, Explore and Learn more via Simerg | Aldous Huxley’s Expression “Man’s Inhumanity to Man” and its Relevance to Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan’s Messages on the Refugee Crisis

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