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I.P.O. Roundtable on the United Nations and International Power Politics


Chicago/Illinois,  5 June 2004/P/RE/18734c-is


The roundtable on "The United Nations and International Power Politics: The Future of World Order" concluded its deliberations yesterday with the call for a fundamental democratic reform of the United Nations and the establishment of a global citizens' movement for peace.

The meeting at East-West University (Chicago) was organized by the Vienna-based International Progress Organization (I.P.O.) in co-operation with the International Human Rights Association of American Minorities (IHRAAM). The roundtable was attended by NGO representatives, international law experts, and human and peoples' rights activists from the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Turkey and Austria. Among the guests was the Consul General of Turkey, Mr. Naci Koru.

The roundtable was inaugurated by a lecture of Dr. Hans Koechler, President of the International Progress Organization, on "The Dialectic of Power and Law The United Nations and the Future of World Order." Papers were presented, among others, by Dr. Yussuf Kly, member of the board of IHRAAM, on "The Subjective Nature of Democracy and Power Politics;" Dr. Tuerkkaya Ataoev, Professor emeritus of International Relations at the University of Ankara (Turkey) on "The American 'Model' and Multilateralism;" Dr. Farid I. Muhammad, Professor of Behavioral Sciences at East-West University (Chicago) on the recognition of collective rights in democratic multinational states; Prof. Sulayman Nyang of Howard University (Washington, DC) on "Islam, Social Justice and the Challenge of Globalization;" Mr. Roger Wareham, Attorney and representative of the International Association Against Torture (New York) on "The United Nations Reparations and the Politics of Racism;" and Ms. Maxine Hodgson, Director of Aboriginal and Northern Affairs at the Dept. of Justice (Saskatchewan, Canada) on minority rights in the future world order.

The roundtable was followed by a book presentation of Hans Koechler's "Global Justice or Global Revenge?" and book signing by the author. In addition to the book presentation, the new documentation of the I.P.O. on "The Iraq Crisis and the United Nations: Power Politics vs. the International Rule of Law" was officially released at the roundtable.

  • "A Vade Mecum in International Criminal Justice": Book presentation

  • The Iraq Crisis and the United Nations

  • Conference poster

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