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Secretary of State Michael Pompeo on Monday launched a commission on “unalienable rights” that will help the State Department determine what it considers a universal human right when deciding to commit American support.
“The time is right for an informed review of the role of human rights in American foreign policy,” Pompeo said at a briefing at the State Department.
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The purpose of the commission is to define what the United States should consider a universal human right, in line with its “founding principles” and the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights, with the view that rhetoric on human rights today often conflates “unalienable” human rights with government-granted rights for certain groups.
“One thing that’s interesting about unalienable rights is that of course they accrue to the individual everywhere, they’re universal and for the common good,” a senior administration official told Breitbart News.
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“Whereas everything that’s not an unalienable right must be given by somebody, it’s given or granted by a government or state, or an accord or a bureaucracy and those rights are often given too groups, not individuals. That’s divisive because it means this group is going to get a set of rights, but another group may not,” the official said.
For example, the official said, “unalienable” rights would be “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness,” for everyone regardless of race, age, gender, sexual preference, or nationality.
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Those rights are different than what some other multilateral bodies like the United Nations or non-governmental organizations (NGOs) consider “human rights,” such as the right to clean water, the official said.
“When we speak of human rights in the media, or in think-tanks or on Capitol Hill, you’ll often hear this rhetoric of human rights as if it’s all the same. But it’s not,” the official said.
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