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  • Friday, December 09, 2005

    Bolton being Bolton

    From American Progress:

    U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, John Bolton, is commemorating International Human Rights Day (Dec. 10) by denouncing individuals who are working to uphold human rights. Bolton has attacked Louise Arbour, the U.N. human rights chief for her comments that the "absolute ban on torture, a cornerstone of the international human rights edifice...is becoming a casualty of the so-called 'war on terror,'" singling out reports of U.S. practices of torture on detainees. Bolton countered that it is "inappropriate and illegitimate for an international civil servant to second guess the conduct that we're engaged in the war on terror, with nothing more as evidence than what she reads in the newspapers." Secretary General Kofi Annan backed up Arbour, saying he had "no disagreement" with her comments and he "is confident that she will carry out her work without being impressed or intimidated by what happened."

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