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March 7, 2007

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UN Ignores Own "Declaration of Human Rights"

Supporters of globalization often point to the UN's "Universal Declaration of Human Rights" http://www.un.org/Overview/rights.html as being equivalent or even superior to the US Bill of Rights. Once again, we are being lied to.

One of our supporters recently sent us this chilling email. As you read it, ask yourself if such a thing could happen in a country with a Bill of Rights Culture.

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Today I was handing out JPFO anti-U.N. pamphlets in front of the United Nations visitor's entrance. I was behaving peacefully and orderly, and I thought that I might be protected by the United Nations' "Declaration on Human Rights" and the U.S. constitution, which are supposed to protect political speech and free expression.

The U.N. guards immediately started harassing me and trying to get me to leave, and claimed I had no right to hand out literature there. I explained to them that I had consulted with a lawyer, and all sidewalks in the city are city-owned, and I have a right to hand out literature there. A U.N. superior officer immediately went across the street and summoned a New York City police officer to order me to leave.

I explained to the NYPD officer that I had consulted a lawyer and I was breaking no laws by distributing literature here. The NYPD officer, Officer Rizzo of the 17th precinct, said he didn't care about the law or lawyers, and claimed the U.N. was a "National Security Area" and I was not allowed to hand out any literature here, and I had to go across the street; and he went on to say that I could only hand out literature in certain places across the street, and not others, including that I was not allowed to hand out literature in front of any consulates or embassies, including not in front of the U.S. Embassy.

When I tried to explain to him again that my lawyer had confirmed my project was legal, he again said laws and lawyers are meaningless, and he ordered me to leave and tried to intimidate me physically. I left and walked away, but then went back to ask him some questions for my incident report. Officer Rizzo started to threaten me and menace me, refused to answer any questions, and he and two other officers followed me up the street, threatening to arrest me and throw me in jail.

So I walked away, and came home, but I immediately filed an online complaint with the Complaint review Board, and I am planning to call up some TV stations to see if they'll do a report on this phenomenon (of police harassing conscientious citizen-activists who are exercising their rights).

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Article 19 of the UN's "superior" Declaration states, "Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers." And Article 20 states, "Everyone has the right to freedom of peaceful assembly and association."

And yet here is an activist, peacefully assembling and imparting information and ideas in front of the UN building itself ... and at the UN's request, he is harrassed and threatened until he is forced to leave. So much for human rights. Or the American Bill of Rights, for that matter. The First Amendment specifically states, "[Congress shall make no law] abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble..."

It should be stressed that the UN is not the only villian in this incident. An American, a New York City police officer, played the thug at the UN's behest. He bullied and intimidated another American -- one who was not breaking any laws -- in order to please his UN masters.

What kind of world can we expect if the UN's "Universal Declaration of Human Rights" supercedes the Bill of Rights? And what kind of world can we expect when our own countrymen put their pensions and welfare ahead of our Constitutionally guaranteed rights, turning against us to slavishly enforce the UN's demands?

For more information, see our Gran'pa Jack #5 Booklet, "The United Nations is Killing Your Freedoms!" at http://www.jpfo.org/gj.htm#5

- The Liberty Crew


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