Amnesty International Hates America
That’s what President Bush would have you believe. President Bush, during a Rose Garden news conference, called an Amnesty International human rights report “absurd” for criticizing the United States’ detention of terrorist suspects at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Bush continued to say that the allegations were made by “people who hate America.”
The President should apologize for his remarks.
Amnesty International envisions a world in which all individuals enjoy all the rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international human rights standards. In the organization’s 2005 Human Rights Report on the United States, it points to evidence – including the detention of individuals without charges at Guantanamo Bay; allegations that the US administration had sanctioned interrogation techniques that violate the UN Convention against Torture; allegations of abuse by domestic US police; and the utilization of the death penalty by the states – to claim that the United States has a less than stellar human rights record during the past year. Amnesty International may be overstating its claim, especially in comparison to other nations in the world, but that does not mean that the allegations were made by “people who hate America.”
The President claimed during his press conference that “the United States is a country that promotes freedom around the world.” If he believes this statement, along with the principles of the freedom of speech, he should acknowledge that Amnesty International has a right to criticize the United States government even as disagrees with the organization’s evidence and conclusions.