In his opening remarks, Deputy Permanent Observer McGuire cited extrajudicial, summary, or arbitrary executions as severe violations of human rights that undermine the fundamental principles of the global community and the UN Charter. He diligently pointed out how these heinous acts not only deprive individuals of their right to life but also obliterate the foundations of a just and fair society. They strike at the heart of the rule of law, which is the cornerstone of our social contract.
Deputy Permanent Observer McGuire then called upon the Third Committee to work towards promoting accountability. He outlined two key elements for achieving this goal. First, he stressed that eradicating impunity is the most crucial factor in combating extrajudicial executions. Second, he proposed that strengthening national legal systems is fundamental in deterring potential perpetrators. It was emphasized that accountability stands as the central principle in enhancing trust between societies and the states that govern them.
Deputy Permanent Observer McGuire concluded by reaffirming the necessity for an increased respect for human dignity and a strengthened commitment to the values promoted in the UN Charter. He emphasized that this commitment must be upheld at all levels of governance because justice is a prerequisite for social cohesion.