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

Abducted businessman rescued

first_imgKolkata: A businessman from Sonarpur was allegedly abducted from Esplanade on Thursday afternoon.The victim, identified as Abhishek Mukherjee, was rescued by the police team of Sonarpur Police station on Saturday evening from Dunlop. Two accused persons have been arrested and three others are absconding. Mukherjee said, on Thursday, he was called by a person identified as Partha Banerjee at a lavish hotel in Esplanade area for a discussion about his business. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaAccording to reports, Banerjee was known to Mukherjee. After reaching the hotel, Mukherjee saw three more persons identified as Abhishek Ballav, Purushottam Verma, and Biswajit were waiting there. Ballav said he worked in media. While the discussion was under way, there was a heated exchange of words and it was blamed by others the argument took place because Mukherjee said something inappropriate. Guests of the hotel raised objections because of the altercation and Mukherjee along with the accused persons were asked to leave the hotel. After coming out of the hotel, accused persons asked Mukherjee to come with them as they wanted to resolve the matter. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayWhen Mukherjee agreed he was asked to board a car. After he boarded the car, he was gagged and they tied his hands. Mukherjee said he was taken to some place in Dankuni. There he met another man, who said he was an advocate. He asked Mukherjee to sign on a paper, which looked like an affidavit. In the paper it was written that Mukherjee borrowed Rs 70 lakh from them which he failed to return within the stipulated time. After Mukherjee signed on the paper he was confined there. On Friday, Mukherjee was again tied up and forced to board a car. Following that he was taken to some place in Diamond Harbor and was allegedly assaulted. Meanwhile, Mukherjee was asked to call up his mother instructing her to get Rs 70 lakh to a place decided by the accused persons. After getting the call, Mukherjee’s mother lodged a complaint at the Sonarpur police station. After initiating a probe, the police asked Mukherjee’s mother to tell the kidnappers that at present she can arrange for only Rs 10 lakh. After the negotiation, the police packed Rs 2,000 along with papers cut to match the dimensions of the Rs 2,000 note. The notes and paper-cuttings was placed together so that it looked like an bunch Rs 2,000 notes. The victim’s mother was told to reach the designated place with the money. On Saturday evening, Mukherjee’s mother went to Dunlop where the accused persons had called her. After reaching the place she could see no one so she waited for the accused persons. But before anyone could approach her, a special team, which followed Mukherjee’s mother, identified the culprits and surrounded them. Out of three, one managed to flee from there but other two identified as Priyangshu Polle and Jagannath Gupta were arrested. The police are trying to find out about other accused persons by interrogating the arrested duo.last_img read more