United States of America: Proclamations are not enough, double standards must end. More than words needed this Human Rights Day.
If and when President Bush comes to sign his Human Rights Day proclamation this year, Amnesty International believes that an honest appraisal would require him to acknowledge that the USA has violated and undermined basic human rights principles and the rule of law during his first term in office and continues to be far from the global human rights champion it proclaims itself to be. Examples of recommendations in this document are to 'Support a full commission on inquiry into all the USA's "war on terror" detention and interrogation policies and practices; and, 'Work to have the USA ratify the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women' et al.
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