Belgium candidate for UN Human Rights Council in 2023: “Democracy under attack”

Prime Minister De Croo (Open VLD) is currently addressing the General Assembly of the United Nations in New York. There, the Prime Minister reflects on the exceptional situation in Belgium, Europe and the rest of the world. A bleak picture is painted, but with a hopeful undertone: “To destroy progress it only takes one man. But it takes many hands to make progress. Let’s seize that opportunity instead of destroying it with bombing and hatred.”

Timon Ramboer

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As the world faces one crisis after another, the 77th United Nations General Assembly is taking place in New York. Prime Minister Alexander De Croo (Open VLD) addressed the general assembly on Friday: “Belgium is a candidate for membership of the United Nations Human Rights Council from 2023 to 2025,” said the prime minister. In this way, Belgium wants to play a pioneering role in protecting human rights. The UN must nip international conflicts in the bud through consultation and communication between the 193 member states.

Russian aggression

But according to De Croo, the UN is also going through difficult times: “The UN’s objectives are being challenged by Russian aggression. A permanent member of the UN Security Council is waging war against the international community,” warns De Croo. The Prime Minister goes back to Karina’s story. The 22-year-old Ukrainian was found in Butya, where heinous crimes against humanity took place in April this year. Karina was raped and tortured. “There is no room for neutrality in this conflict,” said De Croo.

Minister of Development Cooperation Meryame Kitir (Vooruit), Prime Minister Alexander De Croo (Open VLD) and Minister of Foreign Affairs Hadja Lahbib (MR) on their way to the 77th United Nations General Assembly

Minister of Development Cooperation Meryame Kitir (Vooruit), Prime Minister Alexander De Croo (Open VLD) and Minister of Foreign Affairs Hadja Lahbib (MR) on their way to the 77th United Nations General Assembly — © BELGA

The Russian nuclear threat is also reviewed: “The threat to launch a nuclear war shows Russia’s recklessness,” says De Croo. Belgium therefore insists that Russian war crimes must be brought to justice. “Not only ‘The butchers of Bucha’, but also the leaders in Moscow.” The prime minister warns against Russian interference in democratic countries: “We will not allow a Russian Trojan horse to undermine our democracy.” For example, Russia is said to have recently allocated $300 million to influence Western government officials.

energy crisis

“Russian aggression is causing a global energy crisis. People have difficulties paying the bills, employees lose their jobs and small businesses have to close their doors,” says De Croo. In order to cope with these problems, we must focus on measures in our own country, “but that is only part of the answer. We have to be honest and admit that a country cannot solve this alone. We must fight the consequences of this war together, in solidarity.” For example, countries must become less dependent on Russian gas. At the same time, the war must not distract the UN from the climate problem or rising poverty.

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