Pompeo Launches Commission to Study Which Human Rights Deserve Respect

Critics see move as an attempt to disavow certain rights

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced on Monday that he is launching a “Commission on Unalienable Rights,” which he described as being meant to review which human rights “are entitled to gain respect.”

Pompeo said that the proliferation of human rights claims have required “one of the most profound reexaminations of the unalienable rights in the world.” This being  the US, and human rights, a lot of critics are expecting it to go poorly.

Some were critical of how little human rights has appeared to enter into US foreign policy, while others are expecting a religion-centric study group, which will try to endorse traditional Judeo-Christian concepts of rights, while disavowing more modern concepts, which Pompeo  described as being “government-proscribed” rights.

Coming at a time when the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights is criticizing the US treatment of migrants and refugees, the expectation is that the commission will conclude those groups don’t have any such rights, to try to deflect international criticism.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is news editor of Antiwar.com.