Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Does the U.S. Stand by Human Rights Watch?

   Does the United States stand by Human Rights Watch?  Well sometimes.  The blatant hypocrisy by the U.S. is pretty much clear to the whole world.  Many people now see the U.S. as one of the most dangerous countries despite its arrogant talk of being a defender of human rights.
   Much was made of the report released recently by Human Rights Watch, within the United States, about Cuba allegedly jailing people for their political beliefs.  The report states that  "The Cuban Criminal Code penalizes anyone who "threatens, libels or slanders, defames, affronts or in any other way insults or offends, with the spoken word or in writing, the dignity or decorum of an authority, public functionary, or his agents or auxiliaries." The violations are punishable by one to three years in prison, if directed at high ranking officials. Such laws violate the right to freedom of expression recognized in article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights - signed by Cuba in 2008."  If those people arrested have prior records or are known to be working with the U.S. government, certainly they will find themselves in hot water.  Perhaps these are points not taken into consideration by Human Rights Watch.  But Washington is quick to use the report as "evidence" in its campaign against Cuba.  Washington liked Human Rights Watch back then.
   Now Human Rights Watch has a new report, one that involves war crimes and torture.  It states " Bush and his senior officials are open to prosecution under the 1996 War Crimes Act as well as for criminal conspiracy under federal law. There is enough strong evidence from the information made public over the past five years to not only suggest these officials authorised and oversaw widespread and serious violations of US and international law, but that they failed to act to stop mistreatment, or punish those responsible after they became aware of serious abuses."  Wow.  What does Washington think about Human Rights Watch now?
   Can Washington have things both ways?  Can it be that Human Rights Watch is mistaken?  If so then when?  Did they leave out some precious details as to the "dissidents" who were arrested in Cuba?  Did they think that the United States would seriously prosecute members or former members of its own government for War Crimes?  We all know that the United States has paid people in Cuba, which essentially puts them in the employment of the U.S., to  attempt to cause a response by Cuban authorities which would quickly be pointed out as "repression."  So possibly it was mistaken in its conclusions in the report on Cuba.  It certainly couldn't have been mistaken in the report about the U.S.  Former officials have gone as far as admit to these crimes on television.  Really it is now just a matter of prosecuting these people. 
   Thanks for the hypocrisy Uncle Sam.  You certainly are an example for the world.  Just not the type of example you pretend to be.

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