Human Rights Curtailed in US in 2009

The United States’ human rights record remained a cause for serious concern in 2009.

Human rights violations documented in the United States over the past year include (but are not limited to) restrictions on electronic communications, denial of basic human rights as well as denial of the freedom of expression and the right of free speech in America, extra-judicial killings inside and outside the United States carried out by the American authorities, discrimination against minorities, populations of individual states and individual nations in the United States and other numerous and serious abuses.

America’s domestic human rights track record showed no improvement at all in 2009.

The United States maintained its unprecedented efforts to monitor internet use, to control the flow of information and to encourage self-censorship. Also, the United States Government continued to abuse electronic communications by routinely collecting sensitive data on virtually every American citizen and on many foreign users of electronic communications. In certain circumstances such information may be used against those on whom it was collected and there are believed to be specific action plans for that.

Human rights violations committed in the United States in 2009 include the denial of basic rights, such as the right to housing, work, education and medical care as well as the denial of the right of American citizens to change their government. Such rights are denied to a majority of the American population. Gun violence and police brutality increased dramatically with tens of thousands people killed during the year, including multiple shootings taking place on average every single day in America. The operation of organized and “unorganized” crime contributed to the bleak human rights situation in the United States.

The arbitrary division between the so-called “American citizens” and “illegal immigrants” was maintained and enforced although the so-called illegals are as legal in America as the so-called “legal” American citizens. The division is entirely arbitrary and is open to abuse and is in fact abused routinely: illegal immigrants are used in effect as cheap slave labor to prop up the sagging American economy and are disproportionately the victims of human trafficking, enslavement and sex abuses.

In the past year there were no changes in the form of government in the United States — an unrepresentative form of plutocracy with many undemocratic institutions, such the electoral college, based on the denial of the right to have direct democratic elections.

The United States Government’s and corporate propaganda outlets continued to dominate the mainstream media showing very little respect for unbiased reporting of events or for the freedoms of speech, press and uninhibited academic discussion.

America’s systematic campaign of intimidation against dissidents, academics and journalists continued unabated in 2009.

Also, in 2009 the American authorities intensified their campaign of extrajudicial killings inside and outside the United States, presided over coerced confessions of prisoners, kidnapping and trafficking of people, torture and the use of forced labor. America’s prison population remains the largest in the world both in relative and absolute terms.

In Afghanistan and Iraq America’s military continued human rights violations and abuses. Thus, violence and human rights violations in Afghanistan’s volatile South rose dramatically in the past year. Frustrated with the lack of any success, the American armed forces appear to be deliberately targeting civilians in order to intimidate them and to discourage any support for the Taliban, the anti-occupation movement.

Discrimination against ethnic, religious and cultural minorities in the United States is an increasing concern. Muslims, in particular, feel discriminated against in America which may — at least in one case — have led to a terrible backlash.

In 2009 national minorities and nations within the United States and the populations of individual “states” were again denied the right of self-determination, peaceful cessation from the “United States” and independence. No discussion is even allowed on this subject in the mainstream media in the United States.

The United States maintained its hold on illegally acquired overseas territories, denying their population the right of self-determination and maintaining its Imperial ambitions in defiance of specific UN resolutions on the subject.

In sum, human rights violations and abuses in the United States were numerous and very serious in 2009 but there are no prospects for improvement in the foreseeable future. The human rights outlook for 2010 remains bleak.

It’s imperative that the international community develop a practical and effective human rights strategy for the United States.


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