33 Total Quotes

Kenneth Roth Quotes

The moral authority of the United States depends on its working effectively with other countries to advance human rights protection ? not blocking a consensus proposal that makes so much progress for human rights. The current resolution can be made to work if the United States joins with other democracies to establish the new council and make it function effectively.
Kenneth Roth
#Authority

There is an enormous problem that when a government as influential as the United States flouts basic human rights standards, it undermines the standards and gives green light to other governments to do the same.
Kenneth Roth
#Government

Fighting terrorism is central to the human rights cause. But using illegal tactics against alleged terrorists is both wrong and counterproductive.
Kenneth Roth
#Fighting

Violating human rights doesn't help in fighting terrorism. In fact, it probably makes things worse.
Kenneth Roth
#Fighting

As western governments improve relations with Libya, they should press the government to improve its respect for human rights. Libya's cooperation in fighting terrorism should not mean carte blanche to commit abuse.
Kenneth Roth
#Government

The proposed new council is a major improvement over the old Commission on Human Rights. It would be reckless for the United States to force a vote because that will invite amendments from spoiler states to weaken the council. The time has come to accept the overwhelming consensus behind the council and to work to make it function effectively.
Kenneth Roth
#Human Rights

There had been tremendous progress toward a consensus in creating a human rights council. That consensus has now been damaged because Bolton picked up the pages of the draft document and threw them into the air.
Kenneth Roth
#Human Rights

State laws on domestic and sexual violence fall significantly short of Mexico's international human rights obligations. The definition of incest as voluntary sex is an insult to the thousands of girls who suffer abuse daily. No one, and least of all girls raped and impregnated by their fathers or brothers, should be forced to carry a pregnancy to term.
Kenneth Roth
#Human Rights

Coalition forces generally tried to avoid killing Iraqis who weren't taking part in combat. But the deaths of hundreds of civilians still could have been prevented.
Kenneth Roth
#Killing

The decapitation strategy was an utter failure on military grounds, since it didn't kill a single Iraqi leader in 50 attempts. But it also failed on human rights grounds. It's no good using a precise weapon if the target hasn't been located precisely.
Kenneth Roth
#Failure

The prohibition against targeting civilians doesn't depend on the behavior of one's adversary. Even in the face of Israeli violations of international law, Palestinian armed groups must refrain from deliberate attacks against civilians.
Kenneth Roth
#Behavior

Armed conflicts often involve discrepancies of power between adversaries. Allowing those discrepancies to justify attacking civilians would create an immense loophole in the protections of international humanitarian law.
Kenneth Roth
#Power

Moral squeamishness shouldn't stand in the way of finding solutions to this terrible crisis.
Kenneth Roth
#Crisis

Those who incite others to commit terrorism must be prosecuted. But the resolution's sponsors have made it easy for abusive governments to invoke the resolution to target peaceful political opponents, impose censorship and close mosques, churches and schools.
Kenneth Roth
#Terrorism

Those who incite others to commit terrorism must be prosecuted.
Kenneth Roth
#Terrorism

Secretary of Defense [Donald] Rumsfeld and others insist that these are not prisoners of war and there, frankly, he's wrong. The Geneva Conventions require all prisoners to be treated as presumptive prisoners of war until a competent tribunal determines otherwise.
Kenneth Roth
#Defense

You plunge yourself further and further into debt, rental prices drop, you can't make your mortgage payments and you're forced to sell for less than you owe.
Kenneth Roth
#Debt

It's sad that the Republican Congressional leadership wants to focus not on the C.I.A.'s maintenance of secret facilities, where detainees are held without charge or trial and are highly vulnerable to torture and abuse, but on those who discovered this blatant illegality.
Kenneth Roth
#Focus

This is an important symbolic visit. The real test is to see if the government is ready to implement the recommendations and show it's serious about eradicating torture.
Kenneth Roth
#Government

The reason highly abusive governments flock to the commission is to prevent condemnation of themselves and their kind, and most of the time they succeed. If you're a thug, you want to be on the committee that tries to condemn thugs.
Kenneth Roth
#Reason

The U.S. government's use and defense of torture and inhumane treatment played the largest role in undermining Washington's ability to promote human rights.
Kenneth Roth
#Ability

Things have changed in Venezuela, but not for the better. There's been a continued consolidation of power on the part of Chavez.
Kenneth Roth
#Power

There has been a significant backsliding on human rights and we are seeing that principally in terms of increasing restrictions on what it's possible to say in the press -- certainly what it's possible to say on the Internet.
Kenneth Roth
#Human Rights

Not surprisingly, ... anti-American political parties were the big winners in Pakistan's recent parliamentary elections.
Kenneth Roth
#Elections

In a one-party system intolerant of dissent, petitioning is one of the only ways that ordinary Chinese have to air their grievances.
Kenneth Roth
#Dissent

The hypocrisy factor has encouraged copycat techniques around the world by people who do like the United States does and has also weakened the United States as one of the traditional important supporters of human rights.
Kenneth Roth
#Hypocrisy

The hypocrisy factor has encouraged copycat techniques around the world by people who do like the U.S. does and has also weakened the United States as one of the traditional important supporters of human rights.
Kenneth Roth
#Hypocrisy

China has to decide what sort of global citizen - what sort of power - it wants to be. That will be a major factor shaping world affairs from economics to international politics.
Kenneth Roth
#Power

We welcome Libya's first steps toward reform. But the government has a long road to travel before it meets the international standards of human rights.
Kenneth Roth
#Government

We spoke openly with the Libyan government about our concerns. We disagree on many substantive issues, but they are willing to listen and discuss.
Kenneth Roth
#Government