Jeanie Lucas (SA) writes to the Adelaide Advertiser re Obama on human rights 10Nov10 November 10, 2010

In his remarks to the Joint Session of the Indian Parliament in New Delhi on Tuesday  9 November, US President Barack Obama, while supporting India for its quest for a seat on the UN Security Council, reminded India that the price of freedom “is standing up for the freedom of others”. He admonished India for often shying away from speaking out against “gross violations of human rights”, citing the case of Burma. He went on to say that speaking up for those whose human rights are violated “is staying true to our democratic principles. It is giving meaning to the human rights that we say are universal.”  Mr Obama needs to take a little of his own advice.  If human rights are universal, why does the US consistently vote against UN resolutions in support of the human rights of the people of Palestine, whose rights are violated everyday by the brutal Israeli regime?

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