Saturday, February 21, 2009

Amnesty Doesn't Spare Clinton

Amnesty International sharply criticized Secretary of State Clinton for giving China a pass on its human rights violations in favor of strengthening economic ties.

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Amnesty International and a pro-Tibet group voiced shock Friday after US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton vowed not to let human rights concerns hinder cooperation with China.

Paying her first visit to Asia as the top US diplomat, Clinton said the United States would continue to press China on long-standing US concerns over human rights such as its rule over Tibet.

"But our pressing on those issues can't interfere on the global economic crisis, the global climate change crisis and the security crisis," Clinton told reporters in Seoul just before leaving for Beijing.

T. Kumar of Amnesty International USA said the global rights lobby was "shocked and extremely disappointed" by Clinton's remarks.

"The United States is one of the only countries that can meaningfully stand up to China on human rights issues," he said.

"But by commenting that human rights will not interfere with other priorities, Secretary Clinton damages future US initiatives to protect those rights in China," he said.

I hate to find myself agreeing with AI, who has become just another abortion shill, but when you're right, you're right; integrity demands you admit it. But it just goes to show you: even the devil can quote scripture.

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