07 Sep State Department includes Arizona’s S.B. 1070, but forgets real human rights violations
The Obama administration’s report to the U.N. Human Rights Council—as part of the new program of Universal Periodic Review (UPR)—has been getting a fair amount of media attention. One of the top reason is the U.S. State Department’s listing of Arizona’s new immigration enforcement law, S.B. 1070, thereby inferring that Arizona is participating in human rights violations. (para 95 of report)
But there is little mention of the fact that in the same report, Obama administration also infers that it is a human rights violation for the U.S. to have failed to implement same-sex marriage nationwide. Obama also strongly states, that as part of his commitment to his version of human rights, he is planning to repeal the military’s “Don’t ask, Don’t Tell” policy and the Federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). (para 34 of report).
You also might find it interesting the things that were left out of the U.S. report to the Human Rights Council. According to the State Department website, “The report reflects input collected during an extensive program of consultations with the American public…”
Some of our pro-family, pro-life friends participated in one of those “consultations.” Here are some of the things that they brought to the attention of the State Department in regard to violations of human rights:
- The right to life of unborn children
- The global war against girl children brought about by sex-based abortion
- The lack of conscience protection for healthcare providers
- The targeting of minorities by non-profit family planning clinics
Surprise, surprise… None of these things were mentioned in this now infamous report.
The U.S. State department will complete the process of the Universal Periodic Review by appearing before the Human Rights Council in November 2010, so that an unelected body can give the United States instructions as to how to craft and conduct America’s public policy in regard to human rights. Anyone besides me find anything wrong with that?