- posted on 06/10/2008
The American complaints are not totally without merit. For years they have Cuba and Libya (if memory serves me right), two of the more egregious human rights violators sitting on that committee. While Israel's treatment of Palestinians certainly should be brought to world's attention, the lack of condemnation of Palestinian side and of most of Israel's enemies appalling record on human rights raises the question of fairness, an aggenda perhaps tilted to serve geo-political purposes rather than real concerns for human rights.
Talking about fairness, or the lack of it, the UN body should also condemn what this admistration has done to the prisoners in Guantanamo and Abu Ghraib. The suspension of habeas corpus, the extraordinary rendition, the torture, all are totally out of bounds of decent treatemnet of prisoners, of any kind.
But I have confidence in American people that a new president (Obama) will be elected to reverse these illegal practices. If not, I will agree that we have no right to point fingers at others.
- posted on 06/12/2008
Finally the Supreme Court has restored habeas corpus, the black eye on American justice system. During 2006, John McCain spearheaded the passage of Military Commissions Act in congress, which denied the prisoners of the War on Terror the right of habeas corpus, whcih has been enshrined in the English law since Magta Carta in the 13th century.
Many Democrats voted for it, as all senate Republicans except one. For the record, Barack Obama voted against it.
Curiously, Chief Justice Roberts voted with the majority this time, much to the chagrin of GWB I am sure. ;-)
- Re: 美国宣布脱离联合国人权理事会(BBC)posted on 06/12/2008
- posted on 06/13/2008
Unfortunately, wiretapping and other forms of surveillance of American citizens without a prior approval from a federal judge have not been declared unconstitutional. I think it's part of the "Patriot Act" which was another unconstitutional power grab GWB rammed through the effeminated congress after 911.
However, the suspension of the habeas corpus made a mockery of America justice system, rendering it a kangaroo court of sort we are all quite familiar with. Without being able to challenge their detention in front of a judge, many detainees in Guantanamo have being imprisoned for five, six years without being charged of any crime. So this decision is the first step to restore our confidence in the system again.
It's worth noting that both Lincohn and FDR had suspended the habeas corpus right during the Civil War and WWII. The difference though was that first of all, those were traditional wars which had time limit. For this so called "war on terror," there is no end in sight. Also in FDR's case, it was only subjected to the suboteurs who reached American shore, not a blanket declaration of all prisoners "illegal enemy combatants."
As for British Navy history and its relation to Magta Carta, I am pretty ignorant of it myself. I browsed through your link quickly and it's fascinating. I vaguely remember reading somewhere about the mutiny on the Bounty. I will go to that thread again to read it more carefully. :-)
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