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Response to tama (Reply #29)

Sun Aug 19, 2012, 04:38 PM

33. Usual culprits? Human rights agencies are suspicious, now?

I feel like I'm down the rabbit hole!!

Come on, the bones of the story are as follows:

--Guy from Belarus who doesn't like the crazed, thug-like dictatorship of a government is granted asylum in Ecuador. He settles in and starts blogging.

--Leader of Belarus shows up a few years later in Quito with Toys for Tots, er, Correa.

--Guy from Belarus who was getting asylum is--quick as a fucking wink-- thrown in jail, goes on hunger strike, gets dragged before a magistrate, and in three days we will know if he will be "disappeared" after he is returned to his unhappy homeland...


An article talking about those "usual culprits" you're trying to blow up my butt can be found here: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/jun/19/ecuador-free-speech-julian-assange

But Ecuador, a country with a tenuous respect for international human rights law, is counter-intuitive refuge for the free speech and transparency crusader.

Ecuador's justice system and record on free speech have been called into question by Human Rights Watch, Reporters Without Borders, the Committee to Protect Journalists, and Amnesty International.

"I think this is ironic that you have a journalist, or an activist, seeking political asylum from a government that has – after Cuba – the poorest record of free speech in the region, and the practice of persecuting local journalists when the government is upset by their opinions or their research," José Miguel Vivanco, director of Human Rights Watch's Americas division, told the Guardian.


Usual culprits?

I must say, your bizarre characterization of these agencies who actually get off their asses and work to protect the rights of others is a bit stunning. And if you consider the Democratic Secretary of State, the senior cabinet official in the Cabinet of my Democratic President, Barack H. Obama, to be a criminal, maybe you're in the wrong place here--you might want to review the TOS http://www.democraticunderground.com/?com=termsofservice before you step any deeper in the shit you're creating. This is Democratic Underground, not Fuck You Democrats Underground.

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