Human Rights in United States Foreign Policy: The Cornerstone of International Human Rights Protection
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This project was inspired by my experience as a legislative intern at the Government Affairs office of Amnesty International in Washington D. C. I worked alongside the Chief Legislative Counsel and handled such issues as the death penalty, women's rights, children's rights, cases of torture, and mainly ratification of existing human rights treaties. It involved countless hours of lobbying Members of Congress to take up international issues and sponsor such items, as the Torture Victim Protection Act which would allow a non-US citizen to try his/her violator in a US court provided both parties are in the US jurisdiction. Amnesty staff people meet regularly with Richard Schifter, Assistant Secretary of State for Humanitarian Affairs, Judiciary and Foreign Relation Committees of both the House and Senate, and other nongovernmental organizations. I discovered how important the role of nongovernmental organizations is in influencing Congress on various foreign policy issues, especially the cause of human rights. This study will pursue some of my interests in the field of international human rights protection, primarily the role of the United States which l regard as quite significant to the cause.
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