“Broken Promises, The United Nations At 60,” Narrated by Ron Silver, Offers Wake-Up Call to the State of the U.N.
New Documentary Cites the Need for Massive Reform as the United Nations ‘Celebrates’ Sixty
WASHINGTON, D.C. — As the United Nations celebrates its 60 th anniversary in New York City, Citizens United Foundation and Peace River Company are releasing a thought provoking documentary detailing the U.N.’s record and performance as it pertains to resolving human rights abuses, improving economic and social development and enhancing world security. Entitled “Broken Promises, The United Nations At 60” (www.brokenpromisesmovie.com), the documentary offers a call to action, discussing the chasm between the ideals and rhetoric of the United Nations and the institution itself.
Narrated by actor Ron Silver and Executive Produced by both Silver and David Bossie, “Broken Promises, The United Nations at 60” features testimonials from many esteemed sources such as General Romeo Dallaire, former Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell, Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, developer Donald Trump, and survivors of genocide who relate their firsthand accounts of the U.N.’s performance in fulfilling its charter mandate of preserving and defending global human rights and preventing war. Other contributors to the documentary highlight:
- How the U.N. Commission on Human Rights includes some of the world's worst human rights abusers
- How the U.N. Commission on Human Rights has targeted Israel with more violations than any other country
- The U.N.'s failure to initially account for the slaughter of 8,000 Bosnian Muslims in Srebrenica
- The need for top to bottom U.N. reform
“Broken Promises” further reports how the U.N. mishandled tribal conflicts in Rwanda resulting in the devastating loss of life and mass killing of nearly one million. Mother-to-be Eugenie Mukeshimana recounts her harrowing escape from the massacre and the inability of the U.N. to quell the rioting and mass killings.
“It’s not that the U.N. didn’t know what was going on. It’s just that they were told not to do anything,” said Ms. Mukeshimana.
“At sixty, the United Nations is at a crossroads,” said co-producer David Bossie. “Unless the U.N. adopts sweeping policy changes, it will render itself completely obsolete. Past history reveals a long list of problems. From the hostilities between India and Pakistan in 1947, to the Arab/Israeli conflicts of the late 1940s, to the slaughter of millions of Cambodian refugees by Pol Pot in the 1970s and the aforementioned hardships and genocide in Rwanda and Bosnia, to the present day Oil for Food scandal, the U.N. has proven itself to be paralyzed in resolving global conflicts and ending human rights abuses,” Bossie added.
While there have been major disappointments and misgivings in the past sixty years of the United Nations, few disagree on the immediate need for massive reform within the U.N.
In a statement before the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich stated, “…A dramatically reformed U.N. can be an effective instrument in the pursuit of a safer, healthier, more prosperous, and freer world – all goals which serve American interests and the interests of our democratic allies.”
“Broken Promises, The United Nations at 60” is a clarion call to action for the United Nations to live up to the goals and objectives its charter mandated sixty years ago. Will the international community be up to the challenge?
To view the trailer for “Broken Promises, The United Nations At 60,” go to www.brokenpromisesmovie.com.
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