Paper by The Hon John Dowd AO QC, President International Commission of Jurists, Australia presented on 29 October 2011 at the 2nd International Conference, Peoples’ Right for Resistance: the Case of Sahrawi People, Dar Diaf – Bouchaoui, Algiers.
Mr Chairman, Mr President, Members of Parliament, distinguished delegates. In the year since most of us here were in Le Mans, the world has very much changed. It is called the “Arab Spring”, but in fact is much more than just changes within the Arabic speaking countries.
We have a new world of electronically adept free thinking liberated young people who can now communicate and exchange views and attack governments, particularly totalitarian governments if they don’t provide for human needs and democratic processes. The world of television and the internet now provides young and, indeed, not so young people with higher aspirations to fulfillment of their lives than is available under most military regimes and culturally repressed regimes.
There is no answer to mass dissemination of information and the success of the education revolution through which the world is passing. It is one reason why I am a chancellor of an Australian university.