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Amnesty Int’l Condemns World Powers on Human Right

ICC NOTE: Human rights violations, including religious persecution, needs to be at the forefront of the State Department’s agenda. The “narrow security interests” of powerful countries overshadow the underlying issues within a country of particular concern. One of the jobs of ICC is to make the U.S. government aware of the persecution that occurs internationally. While security is a very important issue, we must make human rights a priority as well.

The Christian Post

Tuesday, May 23

LONDON (AP) – Amnesty International said in a report released Tuesday that the relentless pursuit of security by the world’s powerful nations had undermined human rights, draining energy and attention from crises afflicting the poor and underprivileged.

“Governments collectively and individually paralyzed international institutions and squandered public resources in pursuit of narrow security interests, sacrificed principles in the name of the ‘war on terror’ and turned a blind eye to massive human rights abuses,” Amnesty’s Secretary-General Irene Khan said in a statement accompanying the report.

“When the powerful are too arrogant to review and reassess their strategies, the heaviest price is paid by the poor and powerless — in this case ordinary Iraqi women, men and children,” Khan said.

The increasing brutality of terrorist and militant attacks is a “bitter reminder that the ‘war on terror’ is failing and will continue to fail until human rights and human security are given precedence over narrow national security interests,” Kahn said.

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