27 May 2005

A.I. takes on U.S.

Amnesty International has a few things to say about the role of the United States in regard to dwindling human rights worldwide, due to the infamous U.S.-led war on terror. Secretary General Irene Khan wrote,

"The U.S. government has gone to great lengths to restrict the application of the Geneva Convention and to 're-define' torture," she said, citing the secret detention of suspects and the practice of handing some over to countries where torture was not outlawed.

There are consequences in other parts of the world, as well:

The increasingly blurred distinction between the war on terror and the war on drugs prompted governments across Latin America to use troops to tackle crimes traditionally handled by police, the report said.

In Asia too, the war on terror was blamed for increasing state repression, adding to the woes of societies already worn down by poverty, discrimination against minorities, a string of low-intensity conflicts and politicization of aid, it added.

Africa too remained riven by regional wars and political repression, and the abject
failure of the international community to take concerted action to end the slaughter in Sudan's vast Darfur region was a cause of shame.

Seems like a far cry from your valiant proclamation of spreading democracy worldwide, Mr. Bush.

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