A Bad Day for Human Rights
Something has been lost since the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was first adopted.
11:00 PM, Dec 10, 2007 • By JOSEPH LOCONTE
"We are at a critical point. Time is running out," Ban said last week. Ah, yes, the ticking clock: Two days later the Secretary General flew to Bali for a conference on climate change with Al Gore. The people of Darfur could wait.
Two dozen helicopters. It is a hollow institution, indeed, that cannot muster the resolve, or the conscience, to find them. Military power will not, by itself, solve the many problems of Sudan. But without it we can be sure that the assaults on human dignity--the executions, rapes, ethnic cleansing--will continue. If this fiasco represents the combined political will of the "international community," then the world's human-rights abusers have little to worry about.
Joseph Loconte, who served as a human rights expert on the Congressional Task Force on the United Nations, is a senior fellow at Pepperdine University's School of Public Policy.