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Indigenous Peoples

Under the Rule of Islam

 

by Frederick P. Isaac

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According to the United Nations Charter, all peoples have the right to self-determination. Nations that have taken other people’s lands are bound by the international law to relinquish them to their original owners. Billions of dollars that is being spent annually on deployment of peacekeeping force to maintain peace through dividing lines, exclusion zone, no-fly zone, buffer zone, safe haven zone, could be diverted to bringing real peace. Allowing the indigenous peoples to self- determination, should lead to removal of such interim control points, resolving the problem permanently. Assyria, Eastern Cyprus, Jerusalem – the eternal capital city of Israel with its surrounding Holy Lands is just a few examples.

The international community should pressure oppressive regimes to accept the concept of self-determination. Such belligerent regimes are obliged by the International Law to cooperate with the UN, in helping the aborigines towards attainment of self-determination in part of their ancestral land. Repossessing part of their traditional homeland is legitimate and rightful. Its implementation is legal. It is in line with the doctrine of Irredentism. The natives themselves should control the region that is historically related to them. The northern region of Mesopotamia – extending from Urmia east of Assyria all throughout to the River Euphrates, West, being traditionally part of Assyria, belongs to the surviving Assyrian natives – not to Muslim Arab, Kurd and Mongol nomadic tribes.

Adamant refusal will continue to arouse tension and escalate world problems. The UN has the legitimate power to form a physical force of international capability to enforce its resolutions within a set and firm timetable should such belligerents continue to refuse to heed UN warnings.

Many conflicts, instead of being resolved, drag on for decades with little concern about the interest and sufferings of the people of the country caught up in such conflicts. Over time, the conflicts remain unresolved and harden to such a point that UN Peace-Keeping forces become a daily feature. Their manned military stations take the form of permanency such as in Cyprus, Lebanon, Iraq and scores of other places in Africa and the Balkans.

Powerful and influential countries, dominating the scene of international politics, each seems to tilt its influence and decision in favour of the country that best protects and serves its interests. By turning a blind eye and maintaining silence, such leading countries help the aggressor to consolidate his position and harden his stance against the aggrieved. This policy on the part of certain leading countries crushes the hope of the wronged peoples that look up to them as impartial, just and responsible leaders.

Many people envisaged the UN as the leader of the new world order, that it would take up the challenge and form a global force and act responsibly to reduce tension and bring relative peace and stability to the world. If the world body through the UN cannot do it, no one else can. World tension will escalate and chaos and misery will overwhelm the world. Millions of disinherited peoples experience it daily; they live it.

Is the UN waiting for the undemocratic Islamic regimes to willingly accept and comply with the UN resolutions and grant the natives their legitimate rights to reclaiming ownership of, at least, part of their usurped land? Islam already considers all non-Islamic occupied territories that fall within the Islamic Umma Nation as an integral part of the Abode of Peace. Islam’s ultimate objective is to conquer the Abode of War and bring it under the Abode of war Islamic Abode of Peace.

Billions of dollars that is being spent annually on peacekeeping and refugee care, could be spent on bringing real peace, by reforming military regimes and dictatorships to secular, civil and democratic rule. Thus, allowing the aborigines their freedom. By pressuring autocratic regimes to democratise their systems, abuse and mass migration will diminish. Besides criticizing a corrupt regime, the UN should find ways to help democratise such a system and indict future leaders that return to dictatorship.

If the ultimate aim of the UN is to maintain peace, then helping the moderate-minded leaders to democratise their systems and help the indigenous people to restore their basic human rights will lessen tension and bring peace and amity to the world. By restoring their dignity, the indigenous peoples will contribute to the world community, according to their ability, yet proud of their culture and heritage as any other nation. Their contribution in shaping the world of tomorrow will work towards bringing durable peace and stability that all the nations may live more harmoniously.

 

 

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