US gov’t rejects Amnesty Int’l claims about human rights

Jun 1, 2005 17:18 · 134 words · 1 minute read

Amnesty International wasn’t pleased with the US’ human rights track record this past year. The US response?

“The United States is leading the way when it comes to protecting human rights and promoting human dignity. We have liberated 50 million people in Iraq and Afghanistan, we have

worked to advance freedom and democracy in the world,” said Scott McClellan.

OK, sure. The US is trying to advance freedom, democracy [and US oil interests] in the world. That’s certainly true. But to claim right now that the US is leading the way in human rights and dignitiy is absurd. From trying to find loopholes in the Geneva Convention to Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo to even trying to hold *American citizens* without charges indefinitely, the US is not at all leading the charge in human rights.