Human Rights

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Human rights is a subject that all of human kind should be very concerned about. The abuse of human rights has an impact on everyone. As of recent and the past we have seen this in WWII and of recent in Iraq. We as a nation got involved because of respect for human rights. We as a nation and globally have set up standards for countries to follow to protect human rights. The United Nations has tried to police these standards however; there are still “78 countries, a third of the UN members” that still participate in government sanctioned human rights abuse.
Amnesty International is one of the policing arms that the United Nations relies on for investigating and reporting human rights abuse. Amnesty International mission statement is “to undertake research and action focused on preventing and ending grave abuses of the rights to physical and mental integrity, freedom of conscience and expression, and freedom from discrimination within the context of its work to promote all human rights.” Amnesty International has a varied network of members and supporters from around the world. The last count was 1.8 million members. These members all come from different walks of life with different political and religious views all with the same goal, to make a world where everyone has the same human rights.
The present conflict the United States and other countries are involved in Iraq is primarily based on violations of human rights. The discovery was made of human rights violation committed by Saddam Hussein on his own people. These atrocities were committed because these people had and voiced different opinions than the Hussein government had. It was genocide of his people and his nation. He was caught and brought to trial and convicted and punished, hanged.
I retrieved a recent article from the Internet, which is from the Amnesty International newspaper. “Amnesty International deplores execution of Saddam Hussein.” The article goes on to state that the trial was unfair because political interference undermined the independence and impartiality of the court. This in turn caused the first presiding judge to resign and blocking the appointment another, and the court failed to take measure to protect witnesses and defense lawyers, three of whom were assassinated during the trial. It is documented that Saddam Hussein was denied legal council during the first year of his arrest. Amnesty International is also against the death penalty. They do feel strongly that Saddam needed to be held accountable for his abuse of human rights. They also feel that he was entitled to a fair trial.
I personally am not against the death penalty. However I do feel that whatever the crime, people are entitled to a fair trial. I feel that the atrocities committed by Hussein were close to the atrocities committed by Hitler in WWII. As civilized a world that we live in today I find abuse of human rights is deplorable and unacceptable at any level. People should not have to live in fear of voicing their opinions. I hope that some day we can live in a world where all people are treated and respected the same.

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