Saturday, March 12, 2005

And they never learn, do they?

AFP: US withdraws from Vienna Convention protocol on access to diplomats: report

The United States has withdrawn from the Optional Protocol to the Vienna Convention on Consular Rights, which they proposed in 1963 to allow foreigners the right to see their consular authorities when jailed abroad, The Washington Post said Thursday.

US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice informed UN Secretary General Kofi Annan of her administration's decision to "hereby withdraw" from the protocol, in a two-paragraph letter dated March 7, US officials told the newspaper.
At the time when the US is triumphantly chanting above all roofs that they will be fighting tyranny all over the world, they prove their inclination to do just the opposite, buy failing to take a decisive lead in International Criminal cooperation. As usual, the United States expects cooperation without giving any. It is not even "you are either WITH us, or against us"... it's more like "you either do as we order you to, or else". The US has rejected all majors decisions/lawsm that go in the direction of international accountability - the ICC being the most important. If the US wants cooperation with its FBI, it has to play ball too! What I would tell the US government, as a response to their mantras, is "we are with, if you are with us, but we cease to be with you, when you rule us". Those of us that are immigrants in the USA, and have seen the extent of the brutality, and the abuse we go through at the hands of police officers and other "law enforcement" officers, understand my frustrationn with such measures that will only serve to further curtail our already diminishing freedoms. Maybe I should even stop blogging, before someone catches on to me. The ONE defense we could count on, was the presence of our diplomatic missions. Now the US removed even that. "with Liberty, and Justice for" who? I wonder...

1 comment:

Carine said...

I was in disbelief when I first heard the news. This leaves the door open for all sorts of violations. this strategy has too many flaws. They're not helping themselves by not cooperating with the rest of the world. What kills me about this is that they will come to Africa talking about how we should be "democratic" and all that.

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