US Human Rights Report: A Dark Chapter in History 1/17/2015
Summary:The Global Center to Support Human Rights in Iran has released a comprehensive report documenting systematic human rights violations in the United States. It should come as no surprise because 2014 was a dark chapter in American history.
Violation of prisoner rights, privacy and minority rights, children and immigrant rights, freedom of speech, as well as racial discrimination, police brutality and sexual violence against women and children are among serious issues raised in the 2014 report. According to the Tehran-based rights group, the US which claims to be an advocate of human rights is itself the biggest violator in the world: Last year, some 1,029 black people were killed by the US police, over 35 people were executed, among them 18 blacks and 5 Hispanics, and 53 people were sentenced to death. Noting that over 250,000 children were tried and punished in 2014, the 115-page document states that at least 10,000 children are still being kept in US prisons beside criminals and adolescent inmates. The US also ranks 46th in the world when it comes to freedom of press! It is stressed that the US has not yet joined the most important convention related to the economic, social and cultural rights that is among the most important human rights documents. This while the UN Children's Rights Committee says the US has been one of the greatest producers and distributors of the world child pornography products. It is now one of the only two countries in the world that have not yet joined the International Children's Rights Convention. Additionally, other atrocities that have stained America’s rights record include “secret” drone assassination campaigns across the blacklands of the planet, military commissions, denial of civilian trials, Guantanamo ‘interrogation lab’, indefinite detention, torture and abuse, renditions and several other grim practices that are still being vocally supported, honored and remarkably well-publicized with impunity and no criminal accountability by American policy makers and justice system. No wonder the very same abusers who have been propagating Iranophobia for years suddenly become extremely sensitive to the due process and humane detention conditions in Iran, overstating it the minute they get the chance to speak at any Human Rights Council meetings. Lest anyone think these glaring double standards are driven more by the victims’ nationality and colonial mentality than anything else. That explains why the US government continues to support the full denial of due process in the case of Muslim American and European citizens who have been kidnapped, detained and tortured to the point of insanity. It is time for the political class in “post-legal” America where nothing, it seems, can be learned, to start thinking more about the criminal enterprise they have built to justify systematic discrimination and racism at home, or foreign invasions, occupations, “humanitarian” bombs, conflicts, raids, bombing runs, secret operations, offshore “black sites,” torture regime, terrorist training sites or God knows what else that proved a horror in the world and not surprisingly blew back in unprecedented ways. *The Global Center to Support Human Rights in Iran plans to release on January 26 a similar report on human rights situation in Britain. To see the US report click here.