Freedom House: Next US President Urged to Focus on Human Rights
August 6, 2012
rights groups say the next U.S. president faces several critical
challenges in advancing human rights.
Those challenges include preventing genocide and atrocities, protecting
human rights at home and abroad, fair treatment of immigrants and
refugees, and ending gender-based violence.
U.S. leadership is critical to
address human rights issues effectively, whether in dealing with
countries that commit serious abuses or in setting a good example at
home, said Daniel Calingaert, executive vice president at Freedom
House. By vigorously protecting human rights, the United States
advances both its core values and its strategic interests.
The groups said Wednesday U.S.
leadership is critical if the world is to make progress on these
challenges. They said that human rights must have a prominent role in
U.S. foreign policy.
They said that no matter who wins the U.S. presidential election in
November, the next administration should set out clear priorities and
policies on human rights.
The paper says that, "Human rights affect almost every aspect of U.S.
engagement abroad. Governments that abuse human rights make unstable and
unreliable partners across the range of U.S. interests, from business to
arms control to counter-terrorism."