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America: Human Rights Violator?


In the Obama Administration’s attempt to achieve respect for The United States around the world, it is again overdoing it. This effort reminds me a bit of Sally Field when she received an Oscar exclaiming, “You like me, you really like me!” It seems one of the main goals of The U.S. Department of State is to get more countries to like America.

So, someone at Foggy Bottom (maybe Hillary Clinton?) thought perhaps the US could make some gains by publicly stating (in the first-ever report to the U.N. Human Rights Council on conditions in the United States) that our nation is less than perfect and “work remains to meet our goal to ensure equality before the law.”

Annual reviews are expected from members of the U.N. Human Rights Council, a panel the Obama Administration decided to join last year in a break with the previous administration. President Bush argued that the council unfairly and disproportionately singles out Israel for criticism and he questioned the U.N.’s sincerity and commitment to human rights when many members of the council are some of the world’s worst violators. Among them are Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Cuba and China.

True America isn’t perfect, but by breaking with past practice, the Obama Administration is once again presenting a flawed America to the world. 

Why not emphasize the positive? One approach is that America is a nation that has accomplished more than any other—a democracy worth emulating, a democracy that honors human rights and will speak out forcefully and act against those who do not. It’s the United States that Ronald Reagan called “a shining city on the hill,” a beacon of hope for the world.

The focus should be on governments that are committing major atrocities against their people, not a flawed America striving to do better. America bashers will use this statement against us, yet the USA isn’t imprisoning anyone for their political views. Bloggers or web writers who criticize their government are not arrested and thrown in prison like they are in China. Christians are not arrested and thrown into prison for holding Bible studies or prayer in their homes like they are in countries like Uzbekistan. Muslims who convert to Christianity here are not arrested and strung up, tortured and beaten like they are in many countries throughout the Middle East.

Let’s keep the emphasis on atrocities committed by despotic regimes like Myanmar, North Korea and Iran. Is the U.S. perfect? Nope, but we’re a far cry from many of those who have signed on to the Universal Declaration of Human and have chosen to ignore it.

You can read the 29-page report to the UN here. And read The Universal Declaration of Human Rights here.

Print     Email to a Friend    posted on Friday, August 27, 2010 10:51 AM



Comments on this post

# RE: America: Human Rights Violator?

You are so wrong! By acknowledging our own shortcomings on human rights, we set a model for the rest of the world to do likewise. It places us back on a higher moral ground to criticize Myanmar, North Korea, Iran, and others. Besides, the American shortcomings are hardly trivial -- extraordinary rendition, torture, hunger, currently trying a man who as a boy of 15 killed an American soldier in Afghanistan (According to the Rights of the Child, such a child soldier should be provided counseling and then reintegrated into society, not tried), 45,000 estimated to die annually from lack of medical insurance We must hold ourselves to high standards of human rights if we expect our voice for human rights to carry any weight in the world. Are we willing to hold the U. S. to the same high standards we demand of others? We should be.
Left by Sam on Aug 27, 2010 3:34 PM

# RE: America: Human Rights Violator?

I think this is just another of Obama's views that America is not his country. He is not proud to be an American. He does not brag about anything but what he thinks he has done.
Left by Libby Manns on Aug 28, 2010 4:37 PM