US, the Global Policeman exposed
Posted on March 15th, 2014

P.A.Samaraweera, Melbourne

The US was exposed on Thursday’s session of the UNHRC in Geneva for its human rights abuses by a Committee of eighteen experts. This committee is charged with upholding the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. The Committee had expressed their deep concern about the US record on human rights and had  suggested that the US had failed to meet human rights obligations.

The Report had criticised the US for its tactics such as the use of unmanned drones targeting Al Qaida, but killing innocent civilians, transfer of detainees to countries such as Algeria which practice torture, permitting water-boarding of prisoners, ill-treatment of prisoners at Guantanamo bay prison and so on. The Report had also referred to 144 people on death row who had been exonerated. Some of them had been imprisoned since 1973 and most of them were African-Americans. It had also accused US for handing down longer sentences for black prisoners while the whites had been treated leniently.

Walter Kalin, a member of the Committee had said, “…the world had become a dangerous place because of countries that claim International Law does not prevent them from committing human rights violations…” With all this, the unofficial representative of the LTTE rump Navi Pillai and Ban Ki Moon, torch holder of the West, have swept these allegations under the carpet. The UNHRC  had been pointing the finger and accusing Sri Lanka, which routed the world’s number one terrorists, while letting bigger fish off the hook. With the release of this Committee findings, all those countries contemplating in putting their hands up for the US resolution should give serious thought to this Report.

2 Responses to “US, the Global Policeman exposed”

  1. Mr. Bernard Wijeyasingha Says:

    The article begs the question. Why now? This committee is addressing issues that should have been addressed quite a while ago. Compare this with the rapid accusations of human rights violations against the Sri Lankan military which took place in 2010 and barely a year after the war ended.

    Issues such as: “The Report had criticised the US for its tactics such as the use of unmanned drones targeting Al Qaida, but killing innocent civilians, transfer of detainees to countries such as Algeria which practice torture, permitting water-boarding of prisoners, ill-treatment of prisoners at Guantanamo bay prison and so on. The Report had also referred to 144 people on death row who had been exonerated. Some of them had been imprisoned since 1973 and most of them were African-Americans. It had also accused US for handing down longer sentences for black prisoners while the whites had been treated leniently” are old by several years and yet they chose this moment to address them.

    In my opinion the only difference when these human rights violations were taking place and no committee in the UN even addressed them to now is the diplomatic fire brewed when Russia a Security Council member took over the Crimea. This act has pitted the US under President Obama against Putin while China has abstained in a vote in the Security Council to deal with Russia. Putting it in a question has these accusations anything to do with the threats and counter threats between two Security Council members and old rivals from the cold war. Is this Russia’s method to use whatever resources are in her power to now attack the US on human rights issues which should have been addressed years ago and in some cases decades ago.

    The only reason Sri Lanka is facing human rights accusations is the pressure from the SL Tamil Diaspora upon the host nations they now inhabit. Without their input the issue would not have even been made an issue. The war against Tamil terrorism has now taken the form of a diplomatic war against Sri Lanka by the Tamil Diaspora.

    In a similar way the cold war that ended the Soviet Union now has taken a more vicious turn as Washington D.C threatens Moscow and Moscow retaliates. I believe some of that retaliation has spilled into this sudden awakening of human rights violations commited by the US years ago and continue to this day. If pressure is being placed upon them in the same manner the Tamil Diaspora to Tamil Nadu is placing pressure against Sri Lanka then one could conclude that if the situation in Eastern Europe gets worse in the eyes of Washington D.C. then expect deeper probes into human rights violations that the US has commited going back to the days of the Vietnam war.

  2. Ancient Sinhalaya Says:

    Hiroshima, Nagasaki millions dead
    Vietnam millions dead
    Iraq millions dead
    Afganisthan thousands dead
    Pakisthan thousands dead.
    Still a human rights champion!

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