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Sara Flounders: 'US government greatest violator of human rights'

The U.S. government is the biggest “violator of human rights,” according to Sara Flounders, co-director of the International Action Center, an activist group dedicated to building grassroots coalitions to oppose U.S. wars and imperialist policies.

Both internationally and domestically, “the greatest violator of human rights in the world today is the U.S.,” Flounders said in a phone interview with the U.S. Desk on Tuesday.

“The Occupy Wall Street movement is the latest example of what has happened again and again to political movements in the U.S.,” she said

She cited “mass arrests, demonization in the media, criminalization of young people who are simply asserting their right to speak and to assemble” as some examples of human rights violations committed by the U.S. government.

The U.S. has yet to respond to two United Nations human rights envoys who formally requested that the U.S. government protect Occupy protesters against excessive force by law enforcement officials.

The rapporteurs’ letter to the State Department described how groups of peaceful Occupy protesters were forcibly removed from their encampments in various U.S. cities, including New York, Seattle, Denver and Oakland, Calif., last fall.

Flounders applauded the UN action adding that “it shows the people of the world still have a forum” to “expose the hypocrisy.”
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