Unalienable Rights and the Securing of Freedom: Secretary Pompeo’s Remarks in Philadelphia
Secretary of State presented the annual report of the Commission on Inalienable Rights
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo delivered a speech on inalienable human rights at the National Constitutional Center in Philadelphia on Thursday.
“Inalienable rights are of great importance. This is the foundation on which our country was built, ”said Pompeo.
The Secretary of State stated that the publication of the next report of the Commission on Inalienable Rights coincided with racial unrest in the United States, and this problem was not ignored..
“Today the very essence of the American national character and American way of life is under attack. Instead of trying to improve America, the leading voices are propagating hatred of America, ”he said..
According to Pompeo, the New York Times Project 1619 promotes “the Marxist idea that America is only oppressors and oppressed.” “The Chinese Communist Party must be delighted to see the New York Times promote their ideology.”.
“Some people have taken these false doctrines to heart,” said the secretary of state. “Participants in the riots are demolishing monuments, which means they see nothing wrong with desecrating monuments to those who fought for inalienable rights since the founding of our country to this day”.
According to the secretary of state, inalienable rights must play a key role not only in American society, but also in shaping foreign policy. Pompeo noted that America often serves as a beacon of hope for people fighting for their rights: for example, pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong carried American flags.
At the same time, Pompeo stressed: “Our commitment to inalienable rights does not mean that we are able to deal with all violations of rights everywhere and always. Our pursuit of justice can face harsh political realities that impede effective action. Promotion of rights can be achieved through diplomatic tools, but not always. Our Declaration of Independence is not a license for foreign policy adventurism “.
The Secretary of State highlighted a number of contemporary problems in the field of human rights. “Authoritarian regimes commit gross violations of human rights every day around the world,” he said, citing countries such as Nicaragua, Venezuela, Zimbabwe, Iran, Russia, Burma, China, North Korea..
“Too many human rights activists have traded noble principles for party politics,” he added. – Many human rights organizations have let us down. The UN Human Rights Council acts at the behest of dictators and turns a blind eye to the most egregious human rights violations. International courts forget about inalienable rights “.
According to Pompeo, one of the tools in the fight for human rights is to report on their violations. This is precisely the purpose of the State Department’s annual reports on religious freedom, human rights, and human trafficking around the world. “There is no other nation that devotes such enormous resources to tell the truth about human rights violations,” he stressed..
The secretary added that, in addition to helping and cooperating with other countries, the United States will also use punitive instruments, such as sanctions against human rights violators in Iran, China and Cuba..
In conclusion, Pompeo noted that the United States must abide by the principles on which the country is based: “If America loses them, it will lose its soul. If we stick to them, we will enrich her. “.
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