Instructor: Mba Mbulu Course Outline

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Title of Course: International Law 101 [Audio Version]

Class #1: Read the Essay below. Be able to answer and expound on the following questions.

(1) What is a UN resolution?

(2) What is the importance of Article 4 Section 2 of the United States constitution?

(3) What is the relevance of United Nations passed resolutions to Black People in the United States?

(4) Can the United Nations force the United States to comply with UN resolutions? Why or why not?

(5) Under what conditions will the UN put pressure on the United States in defense of Black people in the US?


What Are United Nations Resolutions?

United Nations resolutions are formal declarations that originate in the United Nations, voted on by the member states and, once ratified by the member states, become international laws that the member states are bound to abide by. Since the United Nations does not have the power to enforce its laws (because of its general structure), it is hoped that the member states will "police themselves" and stay in accordance with UN laws. Needless to say, the United States polices itself to the same degree that Billy the Kid policed himself, particularly when the laws of the United Nations conflict with the political and economic interests of the United States government and US corporations. Still, resolutions agreed to by the member states of the United Nations take on treaty-like status, which means the participating countries are bound to abide by them.

According to Article 4 Section 2 of the United States constitution: "This Constitution, and the laws of the United States which shall be made in pursuance thereof; and all treaties made, under the authority of the United States, shall be the supreme law of the land" [emphasis added]. Through those words, the constitution of the United States makes it binding upon the United States to act in accordance with resolutions and laws passed by the United Nations and ratified by the appropriate U. S. office.

Black People need to be aware of the following resolutions agreed to by the United Nations and ratified by the appropriate office or body of the United States government. These resolutions/laws, which are not dominated by the biases of a single country, spell out the natural rights of individuals and inalienable rights of groups of peoples throughout the world, and are administered by a world court that We can appeal to when We are wronged by unjust laws and controlled by unjust conditions. But, most importantly, these resolutions recognize the right of Black People to establish an independent Black nation on land that is currently part of the United States of America. This means that We, Black People in the United States, already have international allies that will assert the justness of Our cause and come to Our aid, but only after we have layed the foundation and taken the steps necessary to demonstrate Our desire to get what is rightfully Ours. This point is too important to over emphasize! In order for Us to receive the benefits that are available through the United Nations [and other such organizations], We must first act in Our own behalf and strongly demonstrate that there is a pressing issue that We are serious about resolving. Then, and only then, will Our friends and potential allies in the UN put pressure on the United States and come to Our assistance in other ways.

Since the United Nations does not have the military power to force its member states to comply with the law, what abused people do to help themselves and promote their cause is of the utmost importance. By shifting Our struggle into high gear, Black People in the United Sates will increase the ability of Our allies in the United Nations to initiate political and economic processes that will increase Our viable options and help Us realize Our objective quicker.

Please review this information and give it some additional thought.