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Human rights report rips U.S. record

Discussion in 'Random Discussion' started by angelize56, Jan 15, 2003.

  1. angelize56

    angelize56 Always remembered in our hearts Thread Starter

    Apr 17, 2002
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 14 — Many countries resent or are reluctant to join the U.S. war on terrorism partly because of the government’s tendency to ignore human rights in its conduct of the war, Human Rights Watch said Tuesday.

    IN SEVERAL key countries involved in the campaign against terrorism, such as Pakistan and Saudi Arabia, the report said even rhetorical U.S. support for human rights has been rare.

    When the United States does try to promote human rights, its authority has been undermined by its refusal to be bound by the standards it preaches to others, said the annual survey.

    “Washington’s tendency to ignore human rights in fighting terrorism is not only disturbing in its own right,” the report said. “It is dangerously counterproductive. The smoldering resentment it breeds risks generating terrorist recruits, puts off potential anti-terrorism allies and weakens efforts to curb terrorist atrocities.”

    For example, the United States is generating popular resentment in Pakistan by uncritically backing President Pervez Musharraf, who took power in a 1999 coup, Human Rights Watch said. In China, the Bush administration has played down the repression of Muslims in the Xinjiang province, which the Chinese government justifies as an anti-terrorism measure.

    The 558-page Human Rights Watch World Report 2003 covers human rights in 58 countries in 2002. It identifies positive trends such as the formal end to wars in Angola and Sierra Leone and peace talks in Sri Lanka.

    But negative developments include the continued killings of civilians in wars from Colombia to Chechnya, from Congo to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The report by the human rights advocacy group said governments continued highly repressive policies in Myanmar, China, Cuba, Iran, Iraq, Liberia and Vietnam.


    “The United States is far from the world’s worst human rights abuser,” said Kenneth Roth, executive director of New York-based group. “But Washington has so much power that when it flouts human rights standards, it damages the human rights cause worldwide.”

    The report said that in the aftermath of Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, the United States clearly needed to take extra security measures.

    “But the U.S. government must also pay attention to the pathology of terrorism, the set of beliefs that leads some people to join in attacking civilians,” it said. “A strong human rights culture is an antidote to this pathology but in too many places Washington sees human rights mainly as an obstacle to its goals.”

    Human Rights Watch said the Bush administration seemed to recognize the connections between repression and terrorism in its National Security Strategy and had taken some steps to promote human rights in some countries directly involved in the struggle against terrorism, such as Egypt and Uzbekistan.

    It said the 15-nation European Union might have been expected to fill this leadership void, but because of its preoccupation with achieving consensus and other concerns, the EU frequently was paralyzed. European leaders virtually abandoned efforts to pressure Russia, an anti-terror ally, to end its abusive conduct of the war in Chechnya, the survey said.

    © 2003 Associated Press.
  2. Mulderator


    Feb 20, 1999
    I'm surprised at you angel. You might as well have quoted from the ACLU!!! Or eggplant or Rep for that matter! ;)
  3. LANMaster

    LANMaster Banned

    Jan 6, 2003
    Oh. We're only "recognizing connections" and had taken "some steps" to promote human rights in "some countries"

    Quick .... 0ff the top of your head .... Name 1 country that hasn't received humanitarian aid from the USA.

    Quick .... name a country that helped with relief efforts after the last earthquake .... the last flood .... the last wildfire .... the last famine.

    There are many suffering in Iraq. Soon, this great nation will come to the aid of Iraq by removing a murderous dictator.

    Might doesn't make right. RIGHT MAKES RIGHT.
    This insane USA bashing is REALLY starting to piss me off.
    The USA does far more to further human rights around the globe than ANY other nation. Not only with our aid, but with our blood.
  4. Gary16735


    Sep 2, 2001
    LaNMaster, I agree with you 100%. It is a known fact that the US isn't perfect but we sure try. How many other countries have come to our aid when the chips were down? It seems like we help other countries and peoples sometimes more than we help our own. We are blessed with enoromus wealth and humanity and we try to share. Hopefully someday these other countries will recognize this without sticking out their hand for what they can get. I believe the US does stick their head in places that perhaps we don't belong but if we didn't, these places would be "bashing" us for not being their. My 2 cents worth. Gary
  5. BTex


    May 10, 2002
    If so many others wouldnt suffer I wish the good ole USA would pull out our troops and equiptment from all over the world. And protect only us for awhile . Then we would watch the whole world squirm awhile...

    I guess then we would get the blame for all bad that other countries do to themselves
  6. ComputerFix


    May 26, 2002
    That's why people try to swim from Cuba to Florida.

    That's why people pack themselves into shipping containers to get across the Pacific (hoping they don't die in the process).

    One last thing.....

    In many countries, Mr. Roth would "dissapear" or be "re-educated" for making such a statement about the government. Here, it is protected. More to the point...HE is protected. Guess we aren't too bad on protecting people and their basic rights. :rolleyes:
  7. angelize56

    angelize56 Always remembered in our hearts Thread Starter

    Apr 17, 2002
    Mulder: I posted that because we are always getting bashed! You know how much I love the ACLU....NOT! We're a great nation....if only all other nations saw it that way eh! Take care. angel
  8. jett_30032


    Jan 23, 2002
    But angel the rest of the world see us as arigant and pushy. We know some of us are good people trying to do the right thing. Sometimes the rest of the world doesn't get the same image of us sometimes. (Thanks to Hollywood and some other unmentiables)
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