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Talk is Cheap: The Obama Administration on Democracy Promotion and Human Rights
Posted By Morgan Lorraine Roach On December 16, 2009 @ 11:07 am In American Leadership | 10 Comments
Diplomacy and development have been major administration priorities as illustrated by the State Department’s first ever Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review  (QDDR) intended to provide the short-, medium-, and long-term blueprint for our diplomatic and development efforts.
On December 14, 2009, Secretary Clinton gave democracy its due in a lecture at Georgetown University which stressed the parallels between democracy promotion and human rights:
Our human rights agenda for the 21st century is to make human rights a realist, and the first step is to see human rights in a broad context…people must be free from oppression or tyranny, from torture, from discrimination, from the fear of leaders who will imprison…them. But they must also be free from the oppression of want – want of food, want of health, want of education, and want of equality in law and in fact…That is why supporting democracy and fostering development are cornerstones of our 21st century human rights agenda.
When reading this speech, however, a fundamental question comes to mind: Now that the administration acknowledges that “democracy has proven the best political system for making human rights a human reality” when will the administration ante up and actually promote democracy and human rights?
So far the administration’s record has been one of inaction:
President Obama won plaudits during the campaign from human rights advocates for his strong positions on a variety of human rights issues. Since he has been in office, his actions have failed to live up to his campaign rhetoric. It’s time for the administration to put up or shut up on human rights.
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URLs in this post:
 Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review: http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/ps/2009/july/125956.htm
 stood side by side human rights activists: http://online.wsj.com/article_email/SB10001424052748704467804574589792374926258-lMyQjAxMDA5MDEwNTExNDUyWj.html
 responded: http://www.cnn.com/2009/POLITICS/02/21/clinton.china.asia/
 unnervingly slow: http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/nilegardiner/10063438/the_iranian_election_barack_obamaas_cowardly_silence/
 snubbed the Dalai Lama: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704471504574449420327844600.html
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