Africa: The UN At 75 - With Human Rights Under Siege and Grand Corruption On the Rise, Does the World Body Have Enough Teeth?

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Global corruption has now become a $1-trillion-a-year industry. The UN Declaration of Human Rights, formulated 75 years ago, singles out tyranny and oppression as enemies of human rights, with no express reference to corruption. Current levels of corruption are such that they present a threat to peace and security, which needs to be countered.

It is now 75 years since the victorious powers gathered after World War 2 in San Francisco to form the United Nations Organisation (UNO). Celebrations of the milestone of 75 years are tempered by questions around the effectiveness of the organisation in the efforts to make the tenets of the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights the lived reality of the population of planet Earth.

There has been a great deal of change in the world in the last 75 years. As the UNO was formed, the French and the Germans were barely on speaking terms; today they are the leading nations of the European Union with Germany reunified. In Africa, colonialism was the order of the day, now there are no colonies in Africa. The Asian Tigers were still kittens and fresh alignments such as BRICS and the Non-Aligned Movement were very much in the...

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