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 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 democracy.
February 22, 2008 |
International Olympic Committee President Jacques Rogge spoke yesterday, and, as usual, he didn't say anything. Which is just how the Chinese government likes it. The idea of awarding the Olympics to Beijing was that it would help change the behavior of the Chinese government. Instead, the Chinese government is changing the behavior of everyone else. They should start a new Olympic event for Rogge in Beijing: the Apolitical Head Duck, which should take place at the conclusion of the Dissident Roundup.
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...
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.
September 11, 2011
Amy Ostermeier, 34, a senior human rights officer for the State Department, died Sept. 2 at her home in Alexandria. According to her husband, Jim Rosenberg, she had cancer of unknown origin. Ms. Ostermeier joined the State Department in 2005 and helped develop policies on issues related to religious freedom and other human rights. In 2007, she was a member of the U.S. observer team at a U.N. Human Rights Council meeting in Geneva about violence against women. She said rape and other forms of violence toward women and girls in the...