Friday, June 11, 2004
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:Ask yourself how that matches up to what Mr. Bush and his administration is doing.
- 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.