Walsh is an international constitutional lawyer, practising in human rights and constitutional
issues for over 30 years in the UK, Australia and other countries. He was here to observe the trial of
former Prime Minister of Ukraine, Yulia Tymoshenko, was also a delegate to the Human Rights
Institute in London and on this occasion working alongside a delegation from Humanitad.
His attendance was prompted in response to reports of violations regarding the legal process and
the human rights issues, having seen some of the transcripts and heard of international concerns
from European countries and the United States. These concerns include a lack of time to prepare
the defence, reports that on one occasion the proceedings continued without Ms Tymoshenko or
her lawyers present in the court, reports about the health of Ms Tymoshenko and complaints of
numerous procedural irregularities effecting the fairness of the trial.
Humanitad Open Letter to Humanity
by Dr. Janez Drnovsel
President of Yugoslavia (1989–1990), Prime Minister of Slovenia (1992–2002) and President of Slovenia (2002–2007).
We are the people of the world……yet are we conscious of what is happening around us every day? Conscious of our world heading toward an abyss? – conscious of the imbalances of this world growing from one day to the next? What kind of a world are we leaving to future generations of humankind – and how will they reflect on us?
Will they reflect that we were the generation who still had the chance to stop the destruction of our planet? That we failed to awaken? Failed to act? Selfishness and greed prevail in our times as never before. The consciousness of most people has become sublimated to these characteristics. Countless others are intoxicated by such delusions as television and football. They are not really ‘alive’ – nor are they conscious.
The politics of our world are driven by lowly consciousness. So much political energy is lost to the interplay of vanity and power-mongering. Do politicians sincerely address the problem of world poverty – the critical issues around global warming? Most of them do not. They are not ready to undertake decisive measures to significantly curb CO2 emissions despite rising weather extremes and ensuing natural catastrophes increasing toward a point of no return.
Somewhere in the near future Earth’s climate will be so terminally damaged that it will be beyond repair. The ‘agony-era’ of humanity will begin, perhaps dragging on for a century or two before final cataclysm. What will our ensuing generations make of this spiral? Would they be able to comprehend the failure of politicians and leaders of our time? Leaders who
failed to address and to terminate the greed of profit-driven corporations? Corporations who gambled our future against their profits. Profits made as a result of their failure to cut CO2 emissions.
Politicians will tell us that they want to assure our security by chasing and fighting terrorism around the world. They even go to wars for that reason – spending vast amounts of money for such military purposes. What could be done with the billions of dollars spent on such wars? Alleviating poverty and hunger would make the world a just place. This would create
an environment increasingly difficult for extremist leaders to recruit ‘suicide-bombers’ and ‘terrorists’ from amongst people who can otherwise see no higher perspective in a world of injustice. By eliminating poverty and injustice – our world becomes a safe-haven for all. Whereas – in the present climate of excessive policing and militarism it has become a place less and less secure.
Imagine what more could be done with the billions of dollars spent on such policing and militarism? If only a small part were directed to the development of new technologies to assist in the reversal of global warming, we could then achieve a ‘turning point’ – assuring the salvation of both our planet and future generations.
But politicians do not act. They seem unable to change their patterns of behavior. They cannot stop the greed of business and the business of greed. They fail to challenge the real decision-makers in a world governed by low consciousness and selfishness. This pressure must come from outside – from the people of the world. Many of those amongst you – who will come to read this message will be of raised consciousness – and frustrated that the mechanisms of an old world order do not ever seem to change. But indeed – we must change that which seems immutable. It is imperative.
We must awaken humanity, and in so doing never use violence in order to achieve the objective. The only way to change the world for the better is by lifting up the consciousness of all people. When critical mass is achieved the politician will have to follow and the businessman will then follow. That is when real change begins.
‘Consciousness’ is the key word – and the only one that really matters. Let us become conscious of our responsibility toward the future of humanity. Let us indeed save the future of humanity – of ourselves. In this – we may prove worthy of being human. If we fail – we prove little more than that we did not deserve to survive – did not deserve to live. That we
wasted our lives for short-term pleasures, profits and illusions. We will be judged in the eternity of this universe – where there will be no advocate to defend us… and where we will remain accused of the biggest genocide of all time. We must act.
Let us write about this – and talk about this. Let us awaken each other. Let us come together whenever and wherever we can – to raise our voices in unison. More and more people will surely follow. Science must now speak. It must not be intimidated by big business – nor must it be bribed for continued silence. After all – there is a voice in our midst which speaks clearly and speaks loudly. Nature. Weather extremes and emerging natural disasters will speak for themselves. Even those who wish to remain deaf and wish to remain blind – will soon see and hear. But in the end – consciousness will prevail. And it will be just in the stroke of time. Our world will be saved. WE will not be the people who brought about the destruction of humankind.
In recognition of his outstanding political, humanitarian and economic achievements and outstanding merit as a peace negotiator Dr. Janez Drnovsek is a recipient of many
international awards. This includes the highest state decoration, the Golden Order of Freedom of the Republic of Slovenia for merit in defence of the freedom and sovereignty
of his people . He has formerly held the office of Prime Minister of Slovenia and Head of the Presidency of the former Yugoslavia. He is a best-selling author – his writing
focusing on the need for an urgent awakening within both global and individual consciousness. His writings are increasingly carried under the name – Janez.
To Our International Leaders
At a time when our television screens and newspapers are regularly filled with reports of shocking acts of violence, people talk of a growing climate of fear and ask what we can do to counter it. There are many different types of fear and it is important to discover whether our fear has a valid basis or not. Some, such as fear of violence or bloodshed are genuine and well founded. Others tend to be our own mental creations or projections.
For example, although today’s world requires us to accept the oneness of humanity, a lot of people focus instead on what divides us. Many of the world’s problems, conflicts and fears arise because we have lost sight of the common experience that binds us all together as a human family. We tend to forget that despite the diversity of race, religion, ideology and so forth, people are equal in their basic wish for peace and happiness. In the past, particular communities could afford to think of one another as fundamentally separate. Some could even exist in total isolation. But nowadays, whatever happens in one region eventually affects many other areas. Within the context of our new interdependence, self-interest clearly lies in considering the interest of others.
I believe that the very purpose of life is to be happy. From the very core of our being, we desire contentment. In my own limited experience I have found that the more we care for the happiness of others, the greater is our own sense of well-being. Cultivating a close, warmhearted feeling for others, however different from us they may seem to be, automatically puts the mind at ease. It helps remove whatever fears or insecurities we may have and gives us the strength to cope with any obstacles we encounter. It is the principal source of success in life. Since we are not solely material creatures, it is a mistake to place all our hopes for happiness on external development alone. The key is to develop inner peace.
When we generate and maintain warm feelings of compassion and loving kindness, we create a kind of openness. Through that, we can communicate much more easily with other people. We find that all human beings are just like us, so we are able to relate to them more easily. That in turn gives rise to a spirit of friendship in the context of which there is less need to hide what we think and feel, and as a result, feelings of fear, self-doubt, and insecurity are automatically dispelled. It enables us to place our trust in other people and dissolves the sense of apprehension that engenders a kind of distance from them.
The twentieth century was marred by conflict and war and their associated feelings of apprehension and fear. It is my sincere hope that we can take steps to ensure that this new century will be characterised instead by non-violence and dialogue, the preconditions of peaceful co-existence. It is natural that in any human society there will be differences and conflicts, but we have to develop confidence that dialogue and the support of friends are a valid alternative to violence in all our relations. If we take the differences between us as grounds for fear and anxiety, fighting and argument, there will be no end to it. All of us will be weakened and diminished.
As long as we live in this world we are bound to encounter problems. If, at such times, we lose hope and become discouraged, we diminish our ability to face difficulties. If, on the other hand, we remember that it is not just ourselves but everyone who faces hardships of one kind or another, this more realistic perspective will increase our determination and capacity to overcome our troubles.
Improving our world is something in which we all have to participate. Therefore, I urge everyone who reads this to try to do something practical to foster genuine peace in the world and to nurture greater compassion in all our lives.