Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan at the International Conference on Human Rights, Tehran, Iran, April 1968

UNHCR’s Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan at the International Conference on Human Rights, Tehran, Iran, 24 April 1968

In memorium of Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan’s birthday (Jan 17th).

First of two videos features excerpts of Prince Sadruddin’s statement at the Tehran Conference. The second video (to be featured tomorrow) is of his interview.

Both videos are very telling with respect to the situation of refugees then and the dire situation now.

Following Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan’s appointment as the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and at the invitation of the United Nations General Assembly (resolution 2081), representatives of 120 states participated in the first International Conference on Human Rights, meeting in Tehran, Iran from April 22 to May 13, 1968 to assess progress made since the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights 10 December 1948 and establish an action plan for the future. At the conclusion of the deliberations the Proclamation of Tehran was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly (resolution 2442).

Speech excerpts:

… causes of refugee problems are not diminishing …

… People also become refugees because of enmity between groups of different ethnic origin or different religion, living in the same land. Intolerance and hatred which create such tensions and personal conflict, that normal life for members of one of the groups becomes almost impossible and causes them to seek safety elsewhere.

The resulting picture is a dark and wide canvas of human suffering that covers nearly all continents of our planet.

Throughout history all civilizations have considered it a moral duty for a community to offer asylum to persons who are in danger of life and liberty in the same way as all civilizations have considered it duty for the individual to lend assistance to a person who is ill or in physical danger. In other words, the act of granting asylum is basically a humanitarian gesture, not a political one.

… Article 14 of the Universal [Declaration of Human Rights], went no further than to state that the person has the right to seek and enjoy asylum.

Prince Sadruddin Aga Khan at the International Conference on Human Rights, Tehran, Iran, April 1968
Video credit: Office of Legal Affairs Copyright © United Nations, 2016. All Rights Reserved.
Click the image above or source link to watch the 6 minutes video

Source: UN.org

Research, Insight & Perspective by A. Maherali

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