Clinton's Foreign Policy Brings New Emphasis to Human Rights

By Ben Barber, | The Christian Science Monitor, April 15, 1993 | Go to article overview

Clinton's Foreign Policy Brings New Emphasis to Human Rights


Ben Barber,, The Christian Science Monitor


DURING the presidential campaign, Bill Clinton positioned himself as a champion of human rights abroad, promising to crack down on abuses in Bosnia and Haiti.

President Clinton hasn't lived up to all that rhetoric, but nevertheless, analysts say, his administration is putting more emphasis on human rights in the conduct of United States foreign policy than its Republican predecessors did.

"There will be an incremental change in the importance of human rights in US foreign policy - there is some evidence of it already," a senior State Department official says. "We will approach the problem of human rights more coherently than the last administration."

The new emphasis on human rights is, in part, a product of the appointments Mr. Clinton has been making to foreign-policy posts. For instance, the nominee for assistant secretary of state for human rights is John Shattuck, formerly an official with Amnesty International and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). Another former ACLU leader, Morton Halperin, is set to become an assistant secretary of defense.

Among the administration's early actions on the human-rights front:

* China: The Clinton administration will link renewal of China's most-favored-nation trading status to improvements in its human-rights record - a step President Bush opposed.

* Peru: "We told Peru in the past 10 weeks they would not get International Monetary Fund aid unless they allowed the Red Cross to visit the jails. And they did," the State Department official says.

* Nicaragua: The administration recently released $54 million in aid, only after receiving a commitment on return of confiscated property and halting extrajudicial killings of former contra fighters.

* Haiti: Although Clinton backed off from his campaign pledge to allow Haitian boat people into the US, he has put more pressure than his predecessor on Haiti's armed forces to win the return of elected President Jean-Bertrand Aristide.

Richard Schifter, US ambassador to the United Nations Humans Rights Commission, says those actions stand in stark contrast to the Bush administration's policy. …

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items

Items saved from this article

This article has been saved
Highlights (0)
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

Citations (0)
Some of your citations are legacy items.

Any citation created before July 30, 2012 will labeled as a “Cited page.” New citations will be saved as cited passages, pages or articles.

We also added the ability to view new citations from your projects or the book or article where you created them.

Notes (0)
Bookmarks (0)

You have no saved items from this article

Project items include:
  • Saved book/article
  • Highlights
  • Quotes/citations
  • Notes
  • Bookmarks
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited article

Clinton's Foreign Policy Brings New Emphasis to Human Rights
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Help
Full screen

matching results for page

    Questia reader help

    How to highlight and cite specific passages

    1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
    2. Click or tap the last word you want to select, and you’ll see everything in between get selected.
    3. You’ll then get a menu of options like creating a highlight or a citation from that passage of text.

    OK, got it!

    Cited passage

    Style
    Citations are available only to our active members.
    Buy instant access to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

    "Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

    1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

    Cited passage

    Thanks for trying Questia!

    Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

    Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

    Buy instant access to save your work.

    Already a member? Log in now.

    Author Advanced search

    Oops!

    An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.