State Department Cites Poor Human Rights Records In US Client-States

Chimpy thinks he’s “pro-freedom”.

Q Recently, Uruguay and the United States signed a framework agreement on trade and investments. Now, how far do you think the United States and Uruguay can advance towards a free trade agreement? And taking into account that in the Uruguayan government there are differing opinions on this subject. And our President, a few days ago in a speech in reference to your trip, he said — he defined his government as anti-imperialist —

THE PRESIDENT: As anti-imperialist? Fine, that’s — I would hope he would define my government as pro-freedom.

I gotcher “pro-freedom” right here, bitch.

Fledgling U.S.-backed democracies in Afghanistan and Iraq are failing to protect human rights, the State Department said Tuesday, despite huge flows of American aid to improve conditions after the ousters of the Taliban and Saddam Hussein.

In its annual global survey of human rights practices, the department criticized the two U.S. allies in the war on terror for their records last year.

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In Iraq, “both deepening sectarian violence and acts of terrorism seriously undercut human rights and democratic progress,” the report said.

The report said the Iraqi defense and interior ministries were responsible for serious human rights violations, including severe beatings, electrocutions and sexual assaults of detainees.

Barry Lowenkron, U.S. assistant secretary of state for democracy, expressed disappointment in Iraq’s efforts, saying, “It’s a long, long, hard road.”

In Afghanistan, President Hamid Karzai’s government made progress on human rights in 2006, but its performance “remained poor,” the report said. The report said there were persistent reports of “politically motivated or extrajudicial killings by the government or its agents.”

Other Afghan government abuses included torture, poor prison conditions, official impunity, prolonged pretrial detention, violations of media and religious freedoms, and discrimination against women and religious converts, it said.

Afghanistan and Iraq have received millions in U.S. aid for human rights and democracy programs — $102.9 million for Afghanistan last year alone and $183 million for Iraq since 2004, according to State Department figures.

The report cited poor human rights conditions in other U.S. allies and partners, including China, Egypt, Pakistan, Russia and Saudi Arabia.

One thought on “State Department Cites Poor Human Rights Records In US Client-States

  1. Aaaargh says:

    Chimpy is absolutely consistent in his own mind though. To him, “freedom” has nothing whatsoever to do with “human rights.” He doesn’t believe anyone except the wealthy white men have “human rights.” When he says “freedom” means “economic freedom to pillage as you please”. So he’s 100% consistent in that lil peanut brain.

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