Open Letter to UNPA Campaign

Below is the text of an email I sent to the administrators of the webpage of the Campaign for a United Nations Parliamentary Assembly

I read this update here, with disgust and horror. 

It claims we have the endorsement of “Egypt’s” representative. We do not. We have the endorsement of the representative of a military dictatorship that only months ago deposed and imprisoned the elected leader, closed down more than half the TV channels in the country and murdered his supporters in the streets by the thousands.
To accept this government’s endorsement, especially while their crimes are still so fresh, indeed ongoing, makes a mockery of the principles we claim to stand for. What’s morem they have demonstrated (the military were in power for more than a year just before the last elections… which they annulled…) their words have zero credibility.
They will stand by a claim (the army never fired on protesters) despite copious video footage showing this to be a lie. The guy was probably, and I mean this, just making it up as he went along.

I raised these concerns with Andreas Bummel a while ago, and was told they were shared and being taken seriously. I wonder now what that meant.
My commitment to democracy is the reason I am involved in efforts towards a UNPA. This group, is also the reason I was one of the loudest and most veciferous voices against the coup.
The UNPA campaign would do well to look to the huge failures of the wikileaks party during the last elections in Australia, despite mass public support.
They got too proud of themselves and their mission, and began to think the loyalty of their supporters was blind. They then did dodgy preference deals benefiting the far right, thinking they were operators, who knew better than us moralising nit-wits from the medium tiers that wanted to act on principle.

Then we all left.

From senate candidates down to local volunteers. The whole project collapsed, because the people running it tried to act like major party hacks, not realising, their porject, unlike that of the big boys, relied on the good will of idealistic people.

I am one such idealistic person that the UNPA campaign relies upon. What’s more I have nearly ten times as many twitter followers as the official UNPA campaign account.

If you want to lose me, and others like me in the future, keep this kind of bullshit up.




About Austin G. Mackell

I am a freelance journalist who has worked for a variety of corporate and community outlets from my hometown of Sydney and from the Middle East, including from Lebanon during Israels 2006 invasion and from Iran during the tumultuous presidential elections there in 2009. I have recently moved to Cairo to watch the revolutions in Arab world unfold.
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2 Responses to Open Letter to UNPA Campaign

  1. I’ve received the following reply:

    Andreas Bummel
    26 Sep

    Hi Austin,

    well, it has not been decided yet how to deal with this and it will be
    one of the topics at our upcoming international meeting in Brussels.
    In my view, concerns such as expressed by you have been taken
    seriously so far, and it goes without saying that they will be taken
    into account in our deliberations. In the past we rejected to work
    with certain governments, like Gaddafi’s government in Libya or
    Ahmadinedschad’s in Iran, so we may have similar precedents here.

    It is wrong to read the news report on our website as an indication
    that we will accept the endorsement of Egypt’s government (whether
    one may like it or not, the United Nations recognizes the military
    junta as Egypt’s legitimate government). The piece that you refer to
    merely reports what the official representative of Egypt at the UN
    said at the UN’s Human Rights Council. That we cover this does not
    mean we endorse it. Note that the campaign did not comment on this
    statement at all; we actually ignored it. Our reaction only refers to
    the suggestion of Mr. de Zayas regarding a study on UNPA commissioned
    by the HRC. Normally, if such a statement had come from a government
    of undoubtedly good standing, we would have welcomed it immediately
    and would have started to follow up (which we did not do in this case

    I hope this helps to explain the current state of affairs.

    Best regards

  2. preoccupiedimagination says:

    Reblogged this on PreOCCUPIED ImagiNATION.

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