UN 50 Statement
On the occasion of the 50 anniversary of the founding of the United Nations in San Francisco, California, the Association of MultiEthnic Americans (AMEA) extends its congratulations to the UN and its members. Additionally, we welcome representatives of the global community who are in attendance.
AMEA represents the multiracial, multiethnic community in the United States. Among our concerns are the civil rights of the community we represent here in the US. However, we are also aware of and concerned about the situation of multiethnic, mltiracial people across the globe. Not only in the former Yugoslavia, but in many other areas of the world, families and individuals whose heritage transcend international boundaries as well as racial prejudice find themselves in difficult situations.
Moreover, multiethnic, multiracial people are not the subject of specific protection under any international law, except in the limited instances of dual citizenship agreements.
As the United Nations enters the next 50 years, we believe this issue of multiethnic people will acquire increasing significance. AMEA believes that the global community through its primary institution, the United Nations, ought to look at the multiethnic community worldwide as a potential anchor in the effort to achieve global unity and peace. Specifically, we would like the UN to (1) acknowledge the existence of multiethnic, multiracial people, and (2) affirm the human rights of multiethnic, multiracial people in all countries, with particular attention to regions where interethnic warfare is underway.
Toward this end, the Association of MultiEthnic Americans is applying to the United Nations for Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) status.