In South Africa, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission has been an important means of facing the truth about the past and then allowing healing to take place. In the United States, there is no such commission. Human rights abuses implicating the United States find little place in the public forum. Where the truth is not faced, healing cannot take place. This site is committed to telling the truth for a better America.
In Guatemala, Monsignor Juan Gerardi in a speech presenting his people with a massive report on the truth in Guatemala,, two days before his assassination, said: " We are gathering the memories of the people because we want to contribute to the construction of a different country,,, historical clarification ...[is] ...not just necessary, but crucial to ensuring that the past, with all of its serious consequences, would not be repeated. As long as the truth is not known, the wounds of the past continue to be open and do not begin to heal." This site is committed to telling the truth for a better America.
In the United States, a debate rages on public vs. private morality. Ira Glasser of the American Civil Liberties Union writes "Right now, extremists have captured a dangerous amount of government power. And they want to use that power to force you to conform to their idea of personal morality. To do this, they need to change the Constitution and eradicate many personal freedoms you take for granted. They believe that by forcing you to behave the way they think you should behave, our nation will once again be the "moral" one they "remember" from the 1950s. But we believe differently. We believe the 1950s were a time of racial segregation, discrimination against women and gays, and FBI spying on political dissent. We don't think that was moral. We believe a nation's morality is judged by how it treats its people, ensuring that fairness and justice are available to everyone".
This site presents information, both allegations and proven facts, which (a) involve human rights violations such as murder, torture, and the suppression of liberties, and (b) involve official personnel of the U. S. government or U. S. multinational corporations.
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Martin Luther King, Jr.: Assassination or Execution? (April 24, 2000)
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Country Pages which present information on human rights abuses and American involvement in them, with links to information source sites, on a country by country basis.
Multinational Corporations which present information on human rights abuses with involvement by U. S. based multinational corporations, with links to information source sites, on a company by company basis.
Name Pages which present information on human rights abuses that is associated with a particular individual. Patterns emerge when information from several sources pertains to the same individual. Caution is called for in treating this information because much of it is allegation which has not yet been proved in a court of law.
Date Pages which present information on human rights abuses in chronological order. Patterns emerge when similar types of events appear at the same time in many different locations.
Topic Pages which present special topics or analyses which do not fit neatly into countries, names or dates, such as the CIA and Crack Cocaine scandal, or Seven Reasons the School of the Americas Should be Closed.
Allies Pages which identify individuals and groups for commendation or as resources -- martyrs whose commitment to human rights has cost their lives, victims of human rights abuses implicating the United States in some fashion, and links to organizations, media and other resources committed to promoting human rights and ending abuses of them.
While Human rights comprise all 30 articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, five of the articles are of particular importance in defining human rights abuses:
- Article 3: Everyone has the right to life, liberty and the security of person.
- Article 5: No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.
- Article 9: No one shall be subjected to arbitrary arrest, detention or exile.
- Article 19: Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media and regardless of frontiers.
- Article 20: Everyone has the right to freedom of peaceful assembly and association. No one may be compelled to belong to an association.
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