Should we be surprised that countries who have been subjected to endless moralizing by the US about their human rights abuses have, in the wake of the senate report describing the incredibly brutal torture practices of the US, taken the chance to highlight US hypocrisy?
[The US] should clean up its own backyard first and respect the rights of other countries to resolve their issues by themselves.
America is neither a suitable role model nor a qualified judge on human rights issues in other countries, as it pertains to be.
Yet, despite this, people rarely hear the US talking about its own problems, preferring to be vocal on the issues it sees in other countries, including China.
Here’s North Korea:
Why [is] the United Nations security council turning its face from the inhuman torture practiced by the CIA?
If the UNSC handles the ‘human rights issue’ in the DPRK [North Korea] while shutting its eyes to the serious human rights issue in the US, one of its permanent members, while failing to settle the pending and urgent issues directly linked with the world peace and security, it will prove itself its miserable position that it has turned into a tool for US arbitrary practices just as everybody can hear everywhere.
Here’s Konstantin Dolgov, the Russian the foreign ministry’s human rights ombudsman:
The Senate’s report proves that there was systematic use of torture in CIA prisons in violation of the international obligations of the US. Everyone has known this for a long time. But the Obama administration, having formally banned torture, hasn’t lifted a finger to punish those guilty for these egregious human rights abuses. This has created a further stain on the already stained US reputation in human rights. Let’s see what the administration’s reaction to the report is.”
The US did initially get some support such as from Marie Le Pen, the leader of the far right National Front party in France but after criticism even she backed off and condemned torture.
Even ISIS has taken the opportunity to gloat. How low have you sunk when a group like ISIS thinks it has captured the moral high ground?