The Nation: Human Rights: Other Violators

When Jimmy Carter began speaking out against Soviet violations of human rights, Moscow gruffly reminded him that many U.S. allies were hardly guiltless. At his press conference last week, Carter acknowledged that the Soviets had a point. "Obviously," he said, "there are deprivations of human rights even more brutal than the ones on which we've commented up to now." He singled out, in varying degrees of guilt, Uganda, South Korea, Cuba—and the U.S. Scores of other nations as well, many of them staunch U.S. allies, have systematically violated human rights while Washington looked the other way. The U.S., said a recent...

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