Sunday, January 14, 2007

Map of the world

As we try to make sense of the new world order, it helps to consider who might vote against a UN Security Council resolution that called on Myanmar to:

"cease military attacks against civilians in ethnic minority regions ... put an end to the associated human rights and humanitarian law violations ... including widespread rape and other forms of sexual violence" and to "permit international humanitarian organizations to operate without restrictions."

It urged Myanmar, the former Burma, to cooperate with the International Labor Organization to eradicate forced labor, to begin a political dialogue leading to "a genuine democratic transition," allow freedom of expression and release Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi of the National League for Democracy and "all political prisoners."

The measure also endorsed U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon's "good offices" efforts to help the people of Myanmar.
(My emphasis)

Against: China, Russia, South Africa
Abstained: Congo, Indonesia, Qatar

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