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.
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).
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
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