Friday, June 11, 2004

 

A Reminder

Molly Ivins reminds me that when the United States puts out its report on human rights, "we will be a laughingstock."

Here is what the State Department says what we're supposed to be about:

Because the promotion of human rights is an important national interest, the United States seeks to:

  • Hold governments accountable to their obligations under universal human rights norms and international human rights instruments;
  • Promote greater respect for human rights, including freedom from torture, freedom of expression, press freedom, women's rights, children's rights, and the protection of minorities;
  • Promote the rule of law, seek accountability, and change cultures of impunity;
  • Assist efforts to reform and strengthen the institutional capacity of the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and the UN Commission on Human Rights; and
  • Coordinate human rights activities with important allies, including the EU, and regional organizations.


Ask yourself how that matches up to what Mr. Bush and his administration is doing.

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