Sunday, June 26, 2005

Regime Change Before Aid

The excellent American Future is analyzing the recent report of the bipartisan Task Force on the United Nations. It's chaired by George Mitchell, and was set up last year by the House Subcommittee on Appropriations for Commerce, Justice, and State.

The report is
here. It provides an intellectual and legal framework for addressing the problem of removing predatory regimes.

The emphases below are mine.

Not surprisingly, the Task Force recommends that the UN Human Rights Commission (UNHRC) be abolished, pointing out that seven of its current members are listed by Freedom House as the world's "worst of the worst" abusers of human rights. But the Task Force goes further by condemning the Non-Aligned Movement:

"Democracies and nations moving toward democracy represent a growing proportion of the UN’s member-states, but they have yet to organize themselves effectively within the United Nations system to promote common interests and values. Democratic states sacrifice fundamental interests, such as human rights, in favor of regional solidarity. The so-called Non-Aligned Movement, a product of Cold War divisions, remains as a major impediment to economic development, protection of human rights, and the promotion of democracy".

The Task Force doesn't pull any punches in its recommendations:

"The United States government should affirm that every government has a responsibility to protect its own citizens in accordance with the following principles:

Sovereignty belongs to the people of a country, and governments have a responsibility to protect their people. If a government fails in its primary responsibility to protect the lives of those living within its jurisdiction from genocide, mass killings, and massive and sustained human rights violations, it forfeits claims to immunity from intervention (based on the principle of nonintervention in a state’s internal affairs) if such intervention is designed to protect the at-risk population.

In certain instances, a government’s abnegation of its responsibilities to its own people is so severe that the collective responsibility of nations to take action cannot be denied. The United Nations Security Council can and should act in such cases. In the event the Security Council fails to act, its failure must not be used as an excuse by concerned members to avoid protective measures".

Regime Change Before Aid.