Human Rights Indicator
Rights Indicator views the state of human rights in the
United States in broad areas: fundamental rights to the security
of person and the US Bill of Rights and Amendments to the Constitution,
including freedom of expression, religious freedom, right of assembly,
and voting rights. After the terrorist attacks, The Patriot Act
was signed giving law enforcement officials sweeping new powers.
Many of these powers are opposed by human rights and civil liberties
groups, along with libertarians, thus creating new coalitions across
the US political spectrum. Many municipalities in the US joined
civil liberties groups and conservatives in opposing Patriot Act
provisions as unwarranted intrusions on states rights. Important
updates on this Indicator are posted by our expert Alya
Kayal, Esq., a leading human rights attorney with our
partner, the Calvert Group, in their Calvert Social Research Department.
Beyond our basic rights, the model embraces an evolving international
view embodied in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Future
debates will likely include these broader rights to health, education,
jobs and/or minimum incomes.
Human rights issues have been highlighted by the
prisoner abuse horrors at Baghdads Abu Ghraib prison, where
violations of the Geneva Convention were rampant. Human rights are
of great concern in Europe, Japan and Canada still and serve as
a cornerstone of US foreign policy. Today a crucial issue is to
what extent the sovereignty of a nation must be balanced with the
human rights of its citizens - an issue being debated anew in the
global war on terrorism. Many other countries already include in
human rights economic, cultural, and social rights (to education,
social participation, health care, leisure time, and to social security).
Another evolution concerns the embracing of women and children in
the definition of human rights - now widely recognized - if not
fully achieved. The US still lags in ratifying the Comprehensive
Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW).
This indicator is crucial to quality of life in the United States