19.11.2023 Feature Article

A Call for a New World Order and Law: The Discrepancies Must End

Jibril Mohamed AhmedJibril Mohamed Ahmed
19.11.2023 LISTEN

Over the years, I have invested significant time and effort into comprehending the intricacies of international law and the institutions that uphold it. It is also disheartening to witness the hypocrisy and double standards that surround it.

The Israeli-Palestinian conflict serves as a glaring example of the international community's failure to address the grave human rights violations committed by certain nations. Israel's non-stop airstrikes, resulting in the deaths of thousands of Palestinians, have been inexplicably underplayed and largely ignored by the international community. This selective treatment raises questions about the credibility and fairness of international law.

"Where justice is denied, where poverty is enforced, where ignorance prevails, and where any one class is made to feel that society is an organized conspiracy to oppress, rob and degrade them, neither persons nor property will be safe." - Frederick Douglass

Additionally, international law's inconsistent approach to accountability further exemplifies its failings. While there is growing emphasis on holding international actors accountable for their actions, this emphasis seems disproportionately aimed at certain nations or individuals. For instance, the case of Russia's alleged war crimes in Ukraine has garnered significant attention, with calls for holding President Putin accountable. However, similar scrutiny is not applied to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, whose actions have caused the deaths of numerous civilians.

"Justice will not be served until those who are unaffected are as outraged as those who are." - Benjamin Franklin

While international law should theoretically serve as a beacon of justice and fairness, its selective application renders it nothing more than a charade. The world cannot afford to allow such double standards to persist. It is imperative, therefore, that global power dynamics be scrutinized and rectified to restore faith in the integrity of international law. Only then can true justice prevail.

"Every society gets the kind of criminal it deserves." - Robert F. Kennedy

In conclusion, the current global order and law have demonstrated a pervasive sense of hypocrisy and double standards, which has marred their credibility and effectiveness. Building a new world order and law that prioritizes fairness, justice, and accountability is essential to creating a better global system. This new order and law should facilitate the creation of a just, fair, and inclusive global society that benefits all nations. It is time to build a more robust and stable global system where the principles of international law are applied consistently, irrespective of nationality or affiliations.

"The only way to deal with international crime is by recognizing that the agency with the greatest concentration of power and scope for action is the international community, embodied in the United Nations." - John le Carré