Sunday, July 30, 2006

Amnesty International USA Critical of U.S. Human Rights Record

While Attorney General Alberto Gonzales is worried about the criminalization of acts of torture carried out by members of the Bush administration, Amnesty International USA's Senior Deputy Executive Director Curt Goering took the United States to task over its human rights record. In his own words:
"How many times does the United States need to hear that it is promoting some of the most shameful practices in the world today? How many times does the
U.S. government need to be reminded how far its human rights practices have
strayed from international norms? It now must adopt the Committee's sensible
recommendations post-haste, and finally begin to restore its commitment to respect human rights."

Since the "War on Terror" began over four years ago, the United States has appeared in front of the UN Human Rights Committee twice --once after September 11, 2001 and on July 17-18, 2006. At this past meeting, the Committee expressed their concern over their practices in dealing with detainees as well as their incorrect interpretation of the Geneva Convention in relation to detainees held outside the United States. What has the Bush administration done? They're busy trying to find a legal way to circumvent the Geneva Convention so they can continue to commit crimes against humanity in the name of protecting our freedoms.

The UN Human Rights Committee expressed concerns over a wide range of U.S. practices, including the following:
"...secret and incommunicado detentions, the use of interrogation methods that violate the prohibition on torture and on cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, the policies of "rendition", police brutality, the shackling of pregnant inmates during labor and delivery, and the use of electro-shock weapons such as TASERs."

It's organizations like Amnesty International USA that need your support because they are committed to protect human rights. Without them, Human Rights Watch, or OneWorld United States, the Bush administration would be committing these acts without the world suspecting anything.

We must commit to standing up against these atrocities in our country's name. Our elected officials have failed us. Not only do they rubber-stamp everything the Bush administration and the Republican-led Congress enacts, but they lack the courage --and possibly their moral compass-- to speak out when they clearly know the difference between what is right and wrong.

9 Comments:

Blogger El Mas Chingón said...

I believe this is my last post for Blogathon 2006. Thanks to everyone who participated, donated, or read our posts.

I will be back before 6am...and I have not slept in 22 hours!

4:07 AM  
Blogger The Heathlander said...

Yeh, thanks Robbie. Your help was hugely, hugely appreciated. Get some rest! :)

4:10 AM  
Blogger El Mas Chingón said...

Not until 6 o'clock!

4:20 AM  
Blogger bodda said...

get some sleep Robbie. you had been doing extremely well... great job

4:20 AM  
Blogger The Heathlander said...

:) Then atleast go play with your Camaro. You've earned it. In fact, now your used to marathons, you can try the 1 gazillian lap endurance races in GT. I;m ashamed to say that I have wasted enough hours of my life to complete three of them...eurgh.

4:23 AM  
Blogger bodda said...

heathlander,
i hav two posts as draft. you may like to just read them, to see if its okay.
(i am using some info from wikipedia and a few places here and there...)

4:27 AM  
Blogger The Heathlander said...

they're both good. Post your favourite at 5:00 and we'll slot the other one in at 5:45.

4:31 AM  
Blogger bodda said...

eye eye captain

4:34 AM  
Blogger De said...

^^ nice blog!! ^@^

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