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Thursday, August 04, 2005 

Does the expulsion violate the United States Foreign Assistance Act?

On ZionNet, indie journalist David Bedein studies that question, and comes up with some very interesting answers. And the possibility that the government/army could end up violating even the Human Rights amendment is one of the most important parts here:
Clause (a)(1) of the Human Rights amendment to the US Foreign Assistance Act clearly states that “a principal goal of the United States shall be to promote the increased observance of internationally recognized human rights by all countries. No security assistance may be provided to any country, the government of which, engages in a consistent pattern of gross violations of internationally recognized human rights…”

The law also mandates that “the United States has taken to promote respect for and observance of human rights in that country and discourage any practices which are inimical to internationally recognized human rights, and publicly or privately call attention to, and disassociate the United States and any security assistance provided for such country, from such practices.” The US law defines “gross violations of internationally recognized human rights” as including “denial of the right to life, liberty or the security of persons.”
So in other words, all Sharon would do is to put himself in an even more negative light than before, and yes, could end up doing a lot more reputational damage than one could think.

Check out the other two articles linked to at the top of the page as well.

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