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Thursday, February 26, 2004

us releases human rights report

straight from the state department

it’s a long read, and i barely scratched the surface, but i do think it’s time to include the united states in the analysis.

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.

free speech zones, detention without due process and that whole government accountability thing are right up there on my list of things i’d like to see laid open….

posted by roj at 2:04 am