Sunday 23rd of February 2020

Our US reflection

In a report released today, the US State Department outlined a human rights abuses around the world, including concerns in Australia. They are as follows:

  • prolonged detention of unsuccessful asylum seekers who could not be returned to their home country
  • domestic violence against women, particularly in Aboriginal communities
  • societal discrimination against Aboriginal people
  • trafficking in persons
  • a few interrelated incidents of interethnic societal violence in December
  • labor law reform including restrictions on the right to strike
Missing was, as far as I could see, any analysis, let alone criticism of the US itself. That aside, I'm awaiting JH's response to the criticism of his IR laws, which I though he modeled on the US in the first place, at least in spirit.

bleeding obvious to most .....



‘The US camp
at Guantanamo Bay should be closed before it undermines the cause of democracy
worldwide, a Foreign Office minister has warned.

remarks by Kim Howells yesterday coincided with one of the most direct appeals
yet by a high-ranking American figure for British support over Guantanamo Bay's
continued existence. The Attorney General, Alberto Gonzales, on a visit to
London, said the that camp was lawful and necessary.’ 

Minister Says Guantanamo Must Close To Save