The Secretary of state presented the annual report of the Commission on inalienable rights.
US Secretary of state Mike Pompeo on Thursday delivered a speech on inalienable human rights at the National constitutional center in Philadelphia.
“Inalienable rights are of great importance. This is the foundation on which our country was built,” Pompeo said.
The Secretary of state stated that the publication of the next report of the Commission on inalienable rights coincided with racial unrest in the United States, and this problem was not ignored.
“Today, the very essence of the American national character and the American way of life is under attack. Instead of trying to improve America, leading voices are promoting hatred of America,” he said.
According to Pompeo, project 1619 of the New York Times promotes “the Marxist idea that America is only the oppressors and the oppressed.” “The Chinese Communist Party must be happy to see the New York Times promote their ideology.”
“Some people have taken these false doctrines to heart,” the Secretary of state said. “Rioters demolish monuments, which means they see nothing wrong with desecrating monuments to those who have fought for inalienable rights since the founding of our country to this day.”
According to the Secretary of state, inalienable rights should play a key role not only in American society but also in shaping foreign policy. Pompeo noted that America often serves as a beacon of hope for people fighting for their rights: for example, participants in Pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong carried American flags.
At the same time, Pompeo stressed: “Our commitment to inalienable rights does not mean that we can fight all violations of rights everywhere and always. Our quest for justice may run into harsh political realities that hinder effective action. The promotion of rights can be achieved through diplomatic tools, but not always. Our Declaration of independence is not a license for foreign policy adventurism.”
The Secretary of state highlighted some contemporary problems in the field of human rights. “Authoritarian regimes commit gross violations of human rights every day around the world,” he said, citing countries such as Nicaragua, Venezuela, Zimbabwe, Iran, Russia, Burma, China, and North Korea as examples.
“Too many human rights activists have traded noble principles for party politics,” he added. “Many human rights organizations have failed us. The UN human rights Council acts at the behest of dictators and turns a blind eye to the most egregious human rights violations. International courts forget about inalienable rights.”
According to Pompeo, one of the tools of the fight for human rights is to highlight their violations. This is the purpose of the State Department’s annual reports describing the situation of religious freedom, human rights, and human trafficking around the world. “There is no other nation that allocates such huge resources, to tell the truth about human rights violations,” he stressed.
The Secretary of state added that in addition to helping other countries and cooperating with them, the US is also using punitive tools, such as sanctions against human rights violators in Iran, China, and Cuba.
In conclusion, Pompeo noted that the United States must observe the principles on which the country is based: “If America loses them, it will lose its soul. If we stick to them, we will enrich it.”