Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday said defending inalienable rights forms the bedrock of US diplomatic policy. Pompeo made a the remarks in a speech on "Unalienable Rights and the Securing of Freedom" in Philadelphia. (July 16)
MIKE POMPEO: I didn't give the commission the task. It wasn't within its charter to prescribe specific policies. If we truly believe-- if we truly believe that rights inalienable, inviolate, enduring, indeed universal, just as the founders did, then defending them ought to be the bedrock of our every diplomatic endeavor. Indeed, our own commitment to unalienable rights at home has proved a beacon of hope for men and women abroad pursuing their own liberties.
Our dedication to inalienable rights doesn't mean we have the capacity to tackle all human rights violations everywhere and at all times. Indeed, our pursuit of justice may clash with hard political realities that thwart effective action. Too many human rights advocacy groups have traded proud principles for partisan politics. And we see multilateral human rights bodies failing us.
The United Nations Human Rights Council does the bidding of dictators and averts its gaze from the worst human rights offenses of our times. Fathers and mothers.