The US has no concern for human rights

Summary

No reasonable person can claim today that the US has any concern for human rights. Except for Israel, the US has by far the worst record of human rights violations during the past several hundred years, far outstripping anything attributed to people like Stalin or Hitler, or even the Japanese.

Disproof

This is yet another example of one of the most common pro-Kremlin disinformation narratives - the "Evil West" - according to which alleged Western imperialism and meddling around the world is presented as the most malicious and destructive force in the world. Specifically, it follows the recurring pro-Kremlin tendency to demonise the United States, grossly misrepresenting historical facts in the process.

While it is true that the US has a controversial human rights record and is currently seeing declining performance on human rights protections, it is misleading to say that the US has no concern for human rights. The US continues to score highly on freedom indicators, political rights, and civil liberties. The Constitution of the United States - the foundational document of American democracy - enshrines a number of inalienable human rights, including freedom of speech, freedom of assembly, freedom of religion, the right to keep and bear arms, freedom from cruel and unusual punishment, and the right to a fair trial by jury. Additional human rights have been recognised in amendments to the Constitution, as well as acts by Congress.

No evidence is given to support the claim the US human rights violations exceed those of of Stalin and Hitler. Both the Soviet Union under Stalin and Nazi Germany under Hitler committed crimes against humanity and were responsible for the mass murder of civilians: according to the estimate of historians, like Timothy Snyder, the number of victims of repressions under Stalin accounts for 20 million plus deaths and under Hitler for approximately 11 million.

For further disinformation cases claiming that the West regularly violates human rights and international law, or exploits human rights standards for its own agenda, see here, here, and here.

publication/media

  • Reported in: Issue 175
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 03/12/2019
  • Language/target audience: English
  • Country: US, Israel
  • Keywords: Human rights, Adolf Hitler, Joseph Stalin
  • Outlet: Southfront
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Disproof

The report advances recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation about the MH17 crash.

First of all, Russia's interest in aiding the JIT investigation is not a relevant condition of its membership in JIT. The crash did not take place over Russian territory and claimed no Russian lives, which precludes any basis for Moscow to be represented in the JIT. Dutch Chief Prosecutor Fred Westerbeke told a Russian newspaper that "if MH17 were shot down over Russia, I would have suggested that Russia be made a member of the JIT group."

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Disproof

This case propagates an old anti-Semitic conspiracy theory that is frequently invoked in pro-Kremlin disinformation: that the Jewish people are an international cabal secretly controlling or poisoning the global "elite"; in this particular case, the media and national governments.

See here and here for more examples of pro-Kremlin outlets embracing anti-Semitic myths for disinformation purposes.

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Disproof

This is conspiracy theory consistent with recurring pro-Kremlin disinformation about the US or West funding the Hong Kong protests.

Pro-Kremlin media have long used the disinformation narrative, applied in a wide range of contexts, that any anti-government protests are funded by the US and do not emerge organically. Examples include colour revolutions in post-Soviet states, the “Arab Spring” revolts, and Ukraine's Euromaidan in 2014. Western NGOs are often targeted by pro-Kremlin disinformation as agents of this subversive and state-driven influence.