Friday, November 16, 2012

Russia and the US Accuse Each Other of Human Rights Violations

The US Congress is considering a proposal to punish certain Russian officials who were involved in the death of a prominent Russian in a Russian prison. The Congress claims that Russia often violates human rights.

The Russian government, on the other hand, is accusing the US of also being a "human rights violator."  Russia has pointed out that the CIA tortured prisoners and that the US has an illegal prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.  Russia could also point out that the USA has a greater percentage of prisoners in its jails than any other country, and that most of these prisoners come from poor and minority backgrounds.;_ylt=AkCL.v2GjdWue8GD1jI7SpCbCMZ_;_ylu=X3oDMTVxZGxtaHV0BGNjb2RlA2dtcHRvcDEwMDBwb29sd2lraXVwcmVzdARtaXQDQXJ0aWNsZSBNaXhlZCBMaXN0IE5ld3MgZm9yIFlvdSB3aXRoIE1vcmUgTGluawRwa2cDNzc3NWRkZGQtNjRhOC0zNTZkLTg1YmYtMThjYzc2MDUwMjRkBHBvcwM4BHNlYwNuZXdzX2Zvcl95b3UEdmVyA2Q1OTgyZjQwLTJmM2MtMTFlMi1iYmRkLWQxZTUxY2M4NWI3Zg--;_ylg=X3oDMTM1YzI4MzNpBGludGwDdXMEbGFuZwNlbi11cwRwc3RhaWQDYWM5YzJiYTctOGQzYy0zNzFmLWJjYTItYzQyZGQyNGY3YmI1BHBzdGNhdANwb2xpdGljc3x0aGV0aWNrZXQEcHQDc3RvcnlwYWdl;_ylv=3

1)  Is the USA hypocritical in its attacks on other countries' human rights records?  Why or why not?

2)  Does the Congress have the right to criticize the actions of other governments?

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