Monday, December 22, 2008

Propagating structural violence

Really disheartening news that the United States recently was the only voting nation to vote against "the right to food" for the world's poorest in the UN General Assembly.

UN General Assembly press release:
"Draft resolution XX on the right to food, approved on 24 November by a recorded vote of 180 in favour to 1 against (United States), with no abstentions, would have the Assembly reaffirm that hunger constitutes an outrage and a violation of human dignity, requiring the adoption of urgent measures at the national, regional and international level, for its elimination. "
It is really sad to me that the United States would vote against something like this, but I can't say that it is surprising. It highlights the need to change the way we look at rights in the United States. We need to adopt a mindset about rights which is broader and includes social and economic rights in addition to civil and political rights.

Human rights matter. I can't wait to have a President and an administration that agree.


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