February 16, 2012 |
UNITED NATIONS — The U.N. General Assembly on Thursday overwhelmingly approved a resolution demanding that Syria end its brutal 11-month crackdown on protesters and endorsing an Arab League plan for a political transition that would require President Bashar al-Assad to yield some of his power. The nonbinding resolution is largely symbolic and includes no enforcement provisions. But its approval, by a vote of 137 to 12, with 17 abstentions, highlights the growing isolation of Syria's closest protectors at the United...
August 18, 2011 |
President Obama and European leaders called Thursday for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to resign, after months of his violent crackdown on protesters. The rhetorical escalation was backed by new U.S. sanctions designed to undermine Assad's ability to finance his military operation. "The future of Syria must be determined by its people, but President Bashar al-Assad is standing in their way," Obama said in a written statement. "For the sake of the Syrian people, the time has come for President Assad to step aside.
December 27, 2009
THE OBAMA administration's commitment to the traditional American cause of promoting democracy and human rights has been widely questioned, and not without reason. So some rights advocates were pleased by an address that Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton delivered at Georgetown University, in which she laid out "the Obama administration's human rights agenda for the 21st century. " We're not so happy. Ms. Clinton said that the administration, "like others before us, will promote, support and defend...
February 24, 2009
I agree with Steve York [ letters , Feb. 20] that repairing America's image in the Muslim world will require consistent actions, not just words, on issues such as human rights. As an American Muslim, I would like to see the Obama administration take strong action against the perpetrators of human rights violations in many Muslim countries. Some of the Muslim countries that the United States wants as allies are among those that gravely violate these God-given rights. In 1974, Pakistan constitutionally declared the minority Ahmadiyya Muslim...
December 10, 2008 |
The advancement of human rights around the world was a cornerstone of foreign policy and U.S. leadership for decades, until the attacks on our country on Sept. 11, 2001. Since then, while Americans continue to espouse freedom and democracy, our government's abusive practices have undermined struggles for freedom in many parts of the world. As the gross abuses at Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo Bay were revealed, the United States lost its mantle as a champion of human rights, eliminating our national ability to speak credibly on the subject, let...
October 14, 2012
The Post missed the mark in its Oct. 5 editorial "Court shopping," which advocated clear limits on the scope of the Alien Tort Statute (ATS). In Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum (Shell) , the complaint is that Shell directly assisted the Nigerian military in torturing and killing innocent villagers. If true, the purpose of Shell's misconduct was to gain economic advantage in its business. Shell argued that as a Dutch corporation, it should not have to answer in America for these alleged human-rights abuses.