From Common Dreams in the USA:
Where is US Leadership in New Orleans on Human Rights Day?
by Jeffrey Buchanan
On Human Rights Day the world celebrates the work of former first lady Eleanor Roosevelt and others to craft the UN’s Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948.
The document defines the international community’s commitments to human rights as “the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world.”
The United States, a nation built on the concept of “inalienable rights“, despite recent shortcomings has been a historic example and an international leader in spreading human rights.
Still true leadership is not just about pointing fingers and coercing other countries to respect rights. It requires the courage and introspection to address human rights crisis that develop at home.
A serious human rights crisis has developed for people displaced from the Gulf Coast by Hurricane Katrina, particularly from New Orleans.
These vulnerable displaced people have been all but abandoned by their government officials as the future of New Orleans and the Gulf Coast region is being determined.
Community leaders in the city are embracing the idea that all the storm’s survivors have a right to return to their neighborhoods to participate in the rebuilding process.
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