Belarus accuses U.S. of human rights violations for suppressing Texas’ secession | Feb 5, 2013

Should Texas ever secede from the United States, it already has found its first international ally: Belarus.

The former Soviet republic — the last Stalinist-style dictatorship in Europe — is accusing the United States government of human rights violations for suppressing Texas’ independence movement.

Belarus’ Ministry of Foreign Affairs highlighted the alleged anti-Texas human rights violations in its recently published report entitled “Human Rights Violations in Certain Countries in 2012.

A map of Belarus (Source: CIA)

The sharply worded report is a slap at Western nations that have compared 58-year-old Belarusian strongman Alexander Grigoryevich Lukashenko to former Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin.

“‘The idea behind this report is to draw attention to the violation of human rights violations in those countries that traditionally represent themselves as ‘developed democracies.’” the Minsk regime writes.

The existence of the human-rights treatise was first reported by Foreign Policy magazine.

Belarus, whose government has often been scorned by Western countries for its own human rights violations and repression of opposition groups and media, blasted the U.S. government for suppressing human rights, highlighting a Texas petition to secede from the U.S. following last year’s November election.

The White House in mid-January rejected the electronic petition signed by 125,746 people. The Obama administration also rebuffed secession petitions from other former Confederate states including Alabama, North Carolina, Florida, Louisiana, Georgia, and Tennessee.

The Belarusian report said the Obama administration’s unwillingness to consider the petitions “can be regarded as violation of the right to self-determination.” It also echoed Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s criticism of Obama administration economic stewardship.

“The Texas’ petition gathered more than 125,000 signatures,” the report noted. “The petition points out that the U.S. economic travails resulted from the federal government’s failure to reform fiscal policies.”

In a long list of human rights violations, the report also points to the police crackdowns on the Occupy Wall Street movement and anti-NATO demonstrations last year, concerns over government unauthorized wiretapping, Washington, D.C.’s lack of representation in Congress, and the Obama administration’s use of drone strikes.

The U.S. State Department declined to offer an immediate response.  A department spokesman said he was unaware of the Belarusian report until contacted by the Houston Chronicle.


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