The Centre for Democracy, Pluralism and Human Rights (CDPHR) on 18th May published a report which discloses disturbing human rights issues prevalent in the USA, whether it is regarding religious discrimination or other minority issues.
The Centre for Democracy, Pluralism and Human Rights (CDPHR) is an organization broadly working in the area of human rights, committed to advocating values of democracy and pluralism for a conducive environment for equality, dignity, and justice.
“Hindus have been singled out by the American political establishment, the media, and academia, and both Hindus and Sikhs have endured violent street attacks. Human rights breaches are frequently erroneously claimed of Hindus, Shia Muslims, Mizrahi Jews, and Orthodox Christians around the world,” according to the report.
The CDPHR report further states that “It is painful to learn that the sexual exploitation of women and girls in educational institutions is normalized. Women in the USA are targets of violence, especially at the hands of prominent public figures.”
The major findings of the report on Human Rights Violations in the USA are:
After the victory in the Second World War, the United States was instrumental in setting up various global institutions, like the United Nations, based on lofty ideals that would guarantee human rights and help remove human suffering. Further, the USA took the lead in ratifying conventions and treaties of the UN in making equitable and inclusive societies.
Yet, the United States of America violates each of these agreements and has perpetuated the wrongdoings that these agreements seek to eliminate. As a result, the USA is responsible for immense suffering inflicted on the people of the USA as well as the rest of the world. Much of this suffering is due to biases built into the system, and these biases themselves are based on racial and religious considerations for the most part, with prejudice against women also playing a significant role.
The sufferings which minorities living in the USA has to go through are racial discrimination, religious suffering and prejudice against women. One of the key ways in which bias is built into the system is by evading the creation of strong democratic institutions. This has resulted in the continued deprivation of voting rights for Black people and other minority races. Rampant election fraud on account of lack of voter identification cards, independent voters being kept out of the debate stage, and opposition by White Anglo-Saxon Protestant (WASP) politicians and judges to any effort to create a mechanism to ensure voter integrity are features of the American electoral system.
Blacks and Hispanics are used as voter bases by supremacist Whites and are permitted to participate in politics only on the terms set forth by the latter. Such terms include accepting a subservient role in which the supremacist Whites are given an exalted position as their saviours and leaders.
Freedom of Religion is one area in which the USA makes much noise, but it fails in practice as it has its own preferred religions. Hindus have been a particular target of the American political establishment, media, and academia, while both Hindus and Sikhs have faced violent attacks on the streets. Hindus, Shia Muslims, Mizrahi Jews, and Orthodox Christians are often falsely accused of carrying out human rights violations around the world.
The judiciary is heavily loaded with Catholics and Jews of European descent and is biased against Blacks who face a high rate of incarceration and more severe sentences for crimes similar to those committed by Whites.
The status of women in the USA is a secondary one. It is painful to learn that the sexual exploitation of women and girls in educational institutions is normalized. Women in the USA are targets of violence, especially at the hands of prominent public figures. In these cases, the law has completely failed the women who are forced to silently accept the crimes if the perpetrator happens to be a person from a position in politics, media, or business. There are instances of women’s organizations being controlled behind the scenes by men and thus, women are forced to express political loyalty as per their wishes.
The USA has used international organizations to push other countries into accepting American dominance around the world and exerts illegitimate economic control over much of the world. It is also culpable of fomenting unrest in various countries and starting several wars with the aim of continuing its dominance. To this end, it has not shied away from using or facilitating the use of, chemical and biological weapons.
In recent years, free speech rights and freedom of the press have been eroded and Internet controls have been institutionalized. Voices are suppressed on social media, the academia, as well as the print and broadcast media, and are forced to speak in one voice that matches the opinion of the USA government officials. In general, any opinion that is not part of the approved ‘liberal’ or ‘conservative’ discourse is branded as an ‘extremist’ position, and people with independent positions are hounded out of the public space.