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Bangladeshi citizens slammed US for human rights 'double standards'


Published : 03 Oct 2022 12:47 AM | Updated : 03 Oct 2022 12:47 AM

Referring to a number of top US media outlets calling US police as “Fatal Force” and documenting how  the “Federal Bureau of Investigation” (FBI) undercounted fatal police shootings by almost half, a group of online activists questioned the “moral ground” of the US when it poses as the global rights champion and sermonises other countries.

Despite an unabated spree of violence against indigenous women, the arbitrary detentions in infamous Guantanamo Bay,  the statutory restriction on freedom of assembly and  excessive use of force by police against Blacks , the "self appointed custodian of human rights" conveniently overlook horrendous atrocities at home and seeks to take stock of human rights across the world.   

An investigation carried out by 'Washington Post' tilted as “Fatal Force”, noted on  September 29, that 1,049 people have been shot and killed by police in the past one year. 

Alarmingly  “the majority of victims were  Blacks”, the report said. Moreover, according to rights bodies, the superpower conveniently overlooked the cries of as  many as 1.5 million people as they were pushed back at Mexico US border. Moreover even school children have frequently fallen victim to gun violence, a stark contrast to its advocacy for rights issues.

Alarmingly  “the majority of victims were  Blacks”, the report said.

Another study published in the Lancet, a peer reviewed journal, revealed “more than half of all police-involved killings in the US go unreported” while in 2020, the most recent year for which complete data is available, 45,222 people died from gun-related injuries in the U.S., according to the CDC. 

These references surfaced during a webinar, organised by G Live, during its  signature show “My opinion”. It was attended by a prominent online activist Omi Rahman Pial, and Sufi Faruq Ibne Abubakar, a former IT head of a multinational company who leads Gurukul Online Learning Network. 

Titled as, “USA's  politics in the grab of human rights”, this episode featured a range of documented evidence of blatant abuse of gun violence and a systematic racial victimisation of Blacks.  

Sufi Faruque Ibne Abu Bakar  said "some countries find it convenient schooling other countries on human rights issues."

" But behind such sermonising lies lies an unholy agenda to use  rights issues as a tool of regime change.  Its track record shows how the USA weaponises human rights.

"We are often told our country lacks human rights but a reality check would reveal a heavy erosion of human rights in the US otherwise", adds Faruque. 

Another prominent anti-war crime campaigner Omi Rahman Pial pointed out the long record of blatant abuse of human rights every time US invaded countries across the globe. 

"During its invasion of Iraq and many other countries, US has been reportedly abducted people who were later subjected to brutal methods of torture in the notorious Guantanamo Bay. During such invasions, horrific accounts of torture and rape emerged , as inncoent people fell prey to US forces. Even icconent kids were not spared. Even  visitors were strip- searched  for just being Muslim."

Another rising  youtuber Nahid Karim Helal pointed to the death of more than one thousand Blacks  at the hands of the US law-enforcers. 

" These are extra judicial killings and blatant racism," he said.

 Faruque said Ronald Segal's " Race War" is coming to life in US with atrocities against Blacks reaching serious proportions.