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Amnesty Slams "Bankrupt" Vision of US in Damning Rights Report

This is no shock, unless you are doing the usual American sleep walk. We have become what we hate - we are now the main target of Amnesty International for our violation of human rights.

Why be surprised. We have a president who I have said many times for the past three years sounds just like Osama bin Laden. They both act as if they are God, able to decide who deserves to live and hwo deserves to die. They both use the same childish language of "good" and "evil." In short, they both act like religious fanatics on a crusade. And they both end up killing or maiming innnocent people and giving a bad name to both religion - and in the case of Bush - their country.

But don't take my word for it - read this account of the latest Amnesty International Report where, among other things, we are lumped right in there with China and Russia - and they may not like the comparison.

Here's a healthy chunk of what Amnesty has to say about us, Russia, China, the Palestinians and , of course, Israel.

However the overriding theme of the report, outlined by Amnesty International Secretary General Irene Khan in an opening statement, singled out the United States for condemnation.

"The global security agenda promulgated by the US administration is bankrupt of vision and bereft of principle," she charged.

"Sacrificing human rights in the name of security at home, turning a blind eye to abuses abroad and using pre-emptive military force where and when it chooses have neither increased security nor ensured liberty."

The notion of fighting a campaign against terrorism so as to support human rights while simultaneously trampling on them to achieve this was no more than "double speak", she added.

The year 2003 had also "dealt a mortal blow" to the UN's vision of universal human rights, with the global body "virtually paralysed in its efforts to hold states to account" over the issue.

While the report only briefly dealt with damning allegations that US and British troops tortured Iraqi prisoners -- these came to light relatively recently -- it had harsh words about the nations' overall record in Iraq.

"Coalition forces failed to live up fully to their responsibilities as occupying powers, including their duty to restore and maintain public order and safety, and to provide food, medical care and relief assistance," the report's section on Iraq said.

Elsewhere, Amnesty detailed a long list of abuses in Russia, noting that the country's security forces "continue to enjoy almost total impunity for serious violations of human rights and international law" in the breakaway republic of Chechnya.

China, despite the accession of a new political regime under President Hu Jintao during 2003, had made "no significant attempt" to end the use of torture and other abuses, which "remained widespread", the report said.

In the Middle East, both Israel and the Palestinian Authority were taken to task for alleged rights violations, with Amnesty saying that some actions by the Israeli army, such as the destruction of property, "constituted war crimes".


Posted by Greg Stone at May 27, 2004 04:26 AM
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