July 17, 2005
One Clinician's Thoughts About Human Rights and UN Reform
As mentioned above, Michael Kagan's has an opinion piece, The Missing Third Leg of UN Accountability in the Global Politician. Kagan argues that "the moment has come for human rights advocates to join the campaign for UN reform." In Kagan's view, what the UN lacks are "mechanisms of accountability that would be accessible to the people who depend on UN agencies the most."
Kagan cites as a prime example the need to develop accountability mechanisms to address UN agency policies toward women refugees. For example, says Kagan "the UN agency for Palestinian refugees in the Middle East (UNRWA), [has] since the 1950s forced women to receive assistance through either their father or their husband; they cannot be registered as Palestinian refugees in their own right, and cannot pass on the status to their children. This is a direct violation of major human rights conventions, but it continues nonetheless."
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