Tuesday, May 31, 2005

On human rights

Okay, so Amnesty International released a report last week saying that prisoners at Guantanamo Bay are being mistreated and calling for the base to be shut down. Dick Cheney responded, in an interview taped for Larry King Live, by saying, "Frankly, I was offended by it. For Amnesty International to suggest that somehow the United States is a violator of human rights, I frankly just don’t take them seriously.”

Big, huge shock.

In honor of Dick Cheney's denial issues, mounting allegations of mistreatment, and what I perceive to be a lack of appreciation, in general, for the importance of basic human rights and dignity, June has been declared Human Rights Month here at Practically Harmless. For the entire month of June, we're going to be looking over the UN's Universal Declaration of Human Rights to see exactly what, in 1948, the civilized world decided were inalienable human rights, and what that means for Americans today. Tune in tomorrow for a little history on the Declaration and a look at the preamble. Until then, keep your holy books out of the toilet and your lightsticks far, far away from any vulnerable orifices; this is Human Rights Month, dammit.

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