Human Lives Human Rights: American diplomat and member of the Republican Party, Sam Brownback warned that the U.S. is diluting “human rights” and undermining their foundation.
Mr. Brownback was commenting before the United Nations on Human Rights Day. The day is observed every year on Dec. 10 – the same day that the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) in 1948.
Brownback, who served as President Trump’s U.S. ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom, said that the Biden administration isn’t doing enough on human rights, said Mr. Brownback adding: “I don’t think they’ve handled it [human rights] very well.”
“I think they’ve gone back to the old route of trying to categorize too many things as a human right and not focusing on the basic ones,” he said.
“I think we’re letting the foundation crumble on human rights by doing that. We’re not taking care of the foundation and we’re trying to build a bigger house on it.”
Brownback suggested returning to the “basics,” arguing that religious freedom was a foundational right that shouldn’t be put on the same level as others.
“When you have – everything’s a human right, then nothing’s really a human right,” said Brownback. “And it lets countries like China and Russia really belittle and pick and choose the human rights they will stand by.”
Brownback has said that the Biden administration needs to do more. He stressed that the government should be pressuring major U.S. corporations to pull advertising dollars from China until the communist nation sets a date for closing Uyghur concentration camps.