(pnews-list) Human Rights and the United States

Submitted by Editor on Fri, 15/10/2004 - 22:40

Human Rights is a concept that really emerged after WWII with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which was adopted by the United Nations in 1948. The fact is, the U.S. has opposed these rights and many of the treaties which developed in the U.N. to guarantee human rights were never ratified by the United States.


October 15, 2004

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There is the "universal" right to be free from torture and degrading treatment, yet many prisoners (especially enemy combatants) are turned over to countries that we have relationships with regardless of their human rights conduct, who regularly torture prisoners and in fact the U.S. has come under scrutiny for torturing prisoners in Afghanistan and Iraq and in Guantanamo.

There is the right to be free from arbitrary arrest and from being exiled, but since the Patriot Act, a person can be arbitrary held without charges. The ACLU is suing to get these prisoners released. That is a fight that goes on.

Why is there so much U.S. exceptionalism? The U.S., has failed miserably to ratify United Nations Declarations to guarantee human rights in more than half the cases. In most instances there is NO United States recognized human rights guarantees. To ratify them would cripple the U.S. legal system. And the U.S. has a shameful historical record.


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