By Aleksandar Brisevac, The Institute for Cultural Diplomacy.
Between May 27th and June 1st 2013, the Institute for Cultural Diplomacy in Berlin held a Symposium on Cultural Diplomacy and Human Rights “Towards a Global Human Rights Culture: The Need for a Collective Alliance in the Protection & Promotion of Human Rights”.
The conference provided the platform for activists, experts, academics and world leaders involved in the field of Human Rights to come together, create alliances, and better coordinate their activities, thus promoting better implementation and enforcement of Human Rights in a more effective nature.
One of the speakers at the Symposium was Dr. Mukesh Kapila, Special Representative of Aegis Trust. Mr.Mukesh gave a very provocative Lecture on the topic of “Preventing Genocide and Mass Atrocities – Case Study: Sudan”
“Are you surprised that genocides happen again, and again, and again because there’s no institutionalized accountability, it is when the words of the United Nations starts by saying “we the peoples”, as you climb up at the very top of the headquarters at the 30th floor, where are the people?, they are on the pavement, and the case of our people that we are talking about here they are actually under the pavement, so the gap between the 30th floor and the drains is very high. And our problem with the world is lack of democratic accountability of our institutions and our leaders. In the end it is not institutions that are failed, it is people that failed, because in the end it is people that are leaders and running institutions.”
For more of Dr. James Smith’s Lecture please take your time to watch the video recording.