CLAIM: The UN Will Intervene In Member States’ Affair, If Citizens’ Protest Extends For A 30-Day Period

Olakunle Mohammed 

Following the #EndPoliceBrutality protests by Nigerians within the country and in the diaspora which has been ongoing for twelve (12) days now, calling on the federal government to reform the Police Force and put an end to bad governance.

A post gained traction and became a viral message shared across multimedia platforms like Facebook and Twitter on Saturday, October 17th, giving reasons for why the federal government wants to put an end to the protest as soon as possible. The message in the viral post reads:

“I just heard according to UN Constitution any protests that reaches 30days will make UN intervene in that country. The Nigeria Govt knows this. Many young people don’t know it. EXCEPT the govt makes visible tangible immediate changes, #EndSARS protests MUST GO ON.”

The viral message in the post justified the United Nations (UN) silence since the protest began and why the federal government is strategically pushing for it to end.

VERIFICATION

Although the origin of the message which first gained traction on Twitter could not be traced, it was noted that rapper and activist, Falz, and popular Nigerian-British doctor, Dr. Harvey Olufunmilayo (@DrOlufunmilayo) were some of those who first shared the post on micro-blogging site, Twitter before deleting.

 

On Facebook, N-VA was also unable to trace the origin of the post but a search of certain keywords in the post showed that it has gone viral there too with a screenshot of the post made by Dr. Olufunmilayo.

Meanwhile, checks N-VA confirmed that the United Nations has a CHARTER, not a CONSTITUTION as claimed in the viral post.

IS THE UN TRULY WAITING FOR THE 30-DAY MARK?

Many Twitter users have debunked the viral post as fake news including popular Twitter influencer and author, JJ. Omojuwa.

According to publicly available information on the UN website, the UN’s function is solely focused on the maintenance of international peace and security through the settlement of international disputes or situations as stipulated in Article 1 (1) of the UN Charter.

Also, in order to achieve the purpose stated in Article 1, the Charter’s Article 2, Section 7 expressly states that the UN is not authorized to intervene in matters which are essentially within the domestic jurisdiction of any member state.

Section 7 reads in full:

“Nothing contained in the present Charter shall authorize the United Nations to intervene in matters which are essentially within the domestic jurisdiction of any state or shall require the Members to submit such matters to settlement under the present Charter, but this principle shall not prejudice the application of enforcement measures under Chapter Vll.”

This section clearly states that issues within a country’s jurisdiction such as peaceful protest also ongoing in Belarus at the moment are internal problems that do not require the UN’s intervention as it does not threaten another state’s sovereignty, neither is it war-related like the Darfur, Syria or Libya situation.

VERDICT

The claim that the UN will intervene in any country where a protest extends for a 30-day period is FALSE.

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