UN Urged to Use Sanctions Wisely

first_img– Advertisement – Ambassador Brown suggests a regime that’s fair and balancedLiberia’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Lewis Brown, II, has urged the UN to ensure that interventions of its sanction regime are conducted in a fair and balanced manner, with the ability to impress upon the national consciousness of affected member states and popular opinion.Ambassador Brown observed that the imposition of sanctions is not necessarily to demonstrate the enormous powers of the United Nations, but rather to assist the lost member state to find its way back into the fold of the global family.He encouraged the United Nations to thoroughly consider what affected countries could learn from sanctions imposed on them and how that could positively impact societies and lives.According to a dispatch from Liberia’s Permanent Mission in New York, Ambassador Brown made the assertion when he addressed a meeting at the UN Headquarters on the theme: “Enhancing the Design Process of UN Sanctions: Perspectives from All Stakeholders,” organized by the Egyptian Permanent Mission to the United Nations aimed at discussing the enhancement of the UN sanctions design process, including perspectives of previously or currently targeted countries.Sharing his experience as an “affected person from an affected member state,” Liberia’s top diplomat at the United Nations said sanctions remind member states that the world is watching and has interest in what they do, noting that there is little doubt that without sanctions, Liberia’s return to civility might have been even more protracted.“The story of the end to Liberia’s protracted conflict will be incomplete without a chapter deservedly dedicated to the role of the United Nations, its peacekeeping operations and various support mechanisms as well as the imposition of a regime of sanctions spanning more than two decades intended to return a war-wary population to peace and security, including those in Liberia’s geographic neighborhood,” Ambassador Brown emphasized.He, however, urged that sanctions should not be trivialized; rather they must be employed, with minimal risks to the long-term interests of the country or people the sanctions ultimately seek to serve.In the case of sanctions on individuals, Ambassador Brown urged that care be taken not to impress on a society such as Liberia, already trapped by decadent practices of exclusions of its own citizens, that the denial of rights without the required due process of law can be an acceptable practice.When the sanctions are lifted, the Liberian diplomat urged the United Nations to be ready to assist the country and its people to recover its international credibility, its rightful place in the comity of nations and its course of nation building.He reiterated that Liberia is grateful that the United Nations has not abandoned it in its continued efforts to recover.The United Nations records the establishment of 26 sanction regimes since 1966 targeting countries including Liberia and non-state actors as a tool for the maintenance of international peace and security.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) Amb. Lewis G. Brown, former Permanent Representative of Liberia to the United Nationslast_img read more

Immigration agents jail Guatemalan

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Abadio-Carrillo is accused of laundering money in a corruption scheme that bilked the Guatemalan government of some $8 million dollars when his father, Marco Tulio Abadio-Molina, was head of the agency that administers its import taxes. Abadio-Carrillo allegedly used proceeds from the scheme to acquire at least 35 vehicles as a means of money laundering, and investigators closed several bank accounts allegedly used in the scheme. “This is an important case for Guatemala,” Guatemalan anti-corruption prosecutor Celvin Galindo said in a telephone interview from Guatemala. Abadio-Carrillo faces up to 24 years in prison if convicted, Galindo said. Abadio-Carrillo was living in a modest Glendale neighborhood of small bungalow homes and he drove a 1988 Saab, officials said. GLENDALE – Federal immigration agents have arrested the son of Guatemala’s former customs director for being in the United States illegally, and authorities in his homeland want him deported to face money-laundering and embezzlement charges. Junior Vinicio Abadio-Carrillo, 32, lived in Glendale since he sneaked into the United States last year, and was doing clerical and general labor work for a company that duplicates Spanish-language DVDs, officials said Wednesday. “I think it’s a stellar example of international cooperation of law enforcement,” said U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement spokeswoman Virginia Kice. “And second, I think it sends a strong signal to fugitives that we will not allow our international borders to be barriers to bringing criminals to justice.” Abadio-Carrillo was arrested Tuesday as he drove to work, U.S. officials said. “Think about it: If you have, in fact, stolen a lot of money and you are on the lam from the law, you don’t want to do anything to call attention to yourself,” Kice said. Kice pointed to the July arrest of a Mexican fugitive wanted in Mexico for a series of high-profile and violent bank robberies in the 1970s and 1980s. He was running a janitorial service and living in a working-class Southern California community. Abadio-Carrillo’s father has been in jail in Guatemala since last year on embezzlement charges. Guatemalan authorities were looking for the son for more than a year. They were alerted that he appeared to be living in Glendale by a report in a Guatemalan newspaper, officials said. They contacted ICE authorities, who made the arrest near Abadio-Carrillo’s home with the help of Glendale police. Abadio-Carrillo is being held at an immigration detention facility in San Pedro, and he is expected to have a hearing within days before a judge where he will be able to contest his deportation. “The stereotype, of course, is that fugitives in this country … flee south of the border,” Kice said. “But what we’re seeing increasingly is because the world is a more fluid place, increasingly we’re seeing fugitives from all over the world hiding here in the United States.” Alex Dobuzinskis, (818) 546-3304 alex.dobuzinskis@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more