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Recession Causes Human Rights Bomb

From Amnesty International, via their stenographers at Reuters:

A woman holds her malnourished child at the Banaadir Hospital ...

A woman holds her malnourished child at the Banaadir Hospital in the Somali capital of Mogadishu, May 5, 2009.

Amnesty: Economic crisis fuels rights "time bomb"

By Adrian Croft – Thu May 28

LONDON (Reuters) – The global economic downturn has aggravated human rights violations and distracted attention from abuses, Amnesty International said on Thursday.

The world faced a grave danger that "rising poverty and desperate economic and social conditions could lead to political instability and mass violence," the rights group’s secretary-general, Irene Khan, wrote in its annual report.

As governments struggled to resuscitate their economies, human rights were being "relegated to the back seat," she said, calling for a "new global deal on human rights … to defuse the human rights time bomb".

This new deal was about governments living up to their obligations on human rights, rather than creating new treaties, she told Reuters in an interview.

"We are sitting on a powder keg of inequality, injustice and insecurity, and it is about to explode," she wrote in the report on "The state of the world’s human rights".

The worst downturn in decades has plunged large parts of the world into recession, slashing industrial output and trade and throwing many people out of work.

Protests against rising food prices and economic hardships last year were met with tough responses in many countries, and protesters were killed in Tunisia and Cameroon, Khan said.

Xenophobia was on the rise, she said, citing attacks on African immigrants in South Africa a year ago that killed at least 56 people.

World leaders were concentrating on attempts to revive the global economy but neglecting conflicts that spawned widespread human rights abuses, she said, citing Gaza, Sudan’s Darfur region, Somalia, Democratic Republic of Congo and Afghanistan.

Hundreds of thousands of migrant workers had been laid off as export-driven economies slowed down, leaving more "disillusioned, angry, young men idle in their home villages and an easy prey to extremist politics and violence," she said.

One bright spot in the human rights picture was a change in the U.S. position on the war on terror, she told Reuters.

Soon after taking office in January, U.S. President Barack Obama ordered the closure of the Guantanamo prison camp for terrorism suspects…

Did you catch it?

One bright spot in the human rights picture was a change in the U.S. position on the war on terror, she told Reuters.

This is really all you need to know about what Amnesty International thinks about ‘human rights,’ or indeed, anything else.

Apart from his unfulfilled and probably never to be fulfilled promise to close Guantanamo, Mr. Obama is prosecuting the war on terror exactly as Mr. Bush did.

But since Mr. Obama is a liberal Democrat Amnesty International now sees what is being done by the US in a strange new and vastly more flattering light.

(By the way, one might wonder if other factors besides the recession might not have contributed to the situation of the woman in the photo at the top that accompanied this Reuters article.)

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, May 28th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

9 Responses to “Recession Causes Human Rights Bomb”

  1. Trogdor says:

    no, you don’t think despot governments have anything to do with it?

  2. proreason says:

    Obama smiling at Hugo Chavez like a buddy has done more damage to Human Rights around the world than any action taken by any country at any time in history.

    It is a clear signal to the world that the US is itself in the grasp of a banana republic dictator and will no longer be a counterbalancing force to tinpot despots like Chavez.

  3. pdsand says:

    Connect the dots, if the economy faltering has a negative effect on human rights, then the human rights activists have an interest in insuring that capitalism and free markets flourish. Amnesty International should urge adopting pro-business policies in the interest of human rights. Yeah right

    • Liberals Demise says:

      I saw the clowns from Amnesty in the unemployment line with me earlier. Guess their rights to the right job fell also!!

    • catie says:

      pdsand, you would think they would wouldn’t you? But capitalism is the evil of the world according to these clowns.

  4. beautyofreason says:

    Haven’t 100 Islamic U.S. and British citizens left the country to help the terrorists in Somalia?

    We need immigration reform at the least so that people who hate our country can’t join it.

    Waiting for Amnesty International to point to Islamic law as a source of human rights abuses…..any minute now….

  5. canary says:

    Well, considering the muslim Somalia woman and child are dressed nicely, and in a clean hospital getting aid, most likely do to a Somalia Priate’s money. It’s bad there. It’s growing worse in Southern Africa. At the MO townhall meeting couple of monthes ago, a St. Louis preacher asked Obama when he was going to help African Darfur etc., the great Obomie turned his back, and said that Afganistan had poverty problems . Next question.
    I think many Obomie voters got the wrong idea from the Dreams from My Father.

    The key words “Dreams” Obami had a dream when he was sleeping where his father is jailed, and it’s up to him to help his father get out.
    The add on the back of his book says
    ” he retraces to Kenya, where he meets the African side of his family, confronts the bitter truth of his father’s life”,
    I think children often rebel against the one that loved and raised them, holding on to their imaginations to make excuses for an absentee parent.

    • canary says:

      Ya know, I don’t get is Obama’s detesting of Bill Gates. He has given millions and millions (maybe a billion) of dollars to Africa’s poverty. He’s planning on total free microsoft and gives free downloads. Yet Obama wants to charge google and other free things on the internet, while the other fork of his tongue says free internet for every child. I don’t recall the Obama’s sent money to any African charities on their tax returns. There’s their former white hate-mongering church and a college is all I recall. Prehaps, with all his new book contracts, and money from schools paying for it, that maybe he will donate to some of the poorest people in the country. Bush gave alot of aid there. And so prehaps Obama’s will decide to cash in at the end of 4 years. Can’t compare 300,000 a year, to the millions he’s making. Then Obama can join his wife meeting with the Hollywood set more. Just my opinion.

  6. MinnesotaRush says:

    Weren’t folks paying attention when o-blah-blah (and his wife) admonished people to HELP each other .. to reach out to each other!

    Words like “I am .. we are .. our brother’s keeper” rang from the o’s (and the m.o.’s) mouths. Didn’t those words MEAN something (???).

    Of course all the while, o-blah-blah’s brother lives in a hut on less than a buck a month and illegal auntie is on welfare.

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