Minnesota’s U.S. Senators’ Statements at Walter Mondale Memorial 

At the May 1 memorial service for Walter Mondale, Minnesota’s U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar and Tina Smith made the following statements of praise about him.[1] Senator Klobuchar’s Statement “It was not easy for Walter Mondale to run against Ronald Reagan, knowing that most people were predicting that Reagan would win.” “It was not easy for … Continue reading Minnesota’s U.S. Senators’ Statements at Walter Mondale Memorial 

Comments on International Religious Freedom

Article 1(A)  of the Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees, 189 U.N.T.S. 150, defines “refugee” to include someone who has “a well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of  . . . religion” and who after satisfying other stated requirements is entitled to certain protections. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, G.A. Res. 217 … Continue reading Comments on International Religious Freedom

U.S. Commission on Unalienable Rights Issues Final Report 

As previously noted, on July 6, the U.S. Commission on Unalienable Rights issued its Draft Report.[1] The Final Report was issued 51 days later on August 26 as “a consensus document that was signed and approved unanimously by all 11 commissioners.”[2] The latter was after the Commission had solicited and obtained a large number of … Continue reading U.S. Commission on Unalienable Rights Issues Final Report 

U.S. De Facto Protectorate of Cuba, 1898-1934

Prior posts have discussed the 1898 U.S. intervention in the Cuban war of independence from Spain in what the U.S. has called the Spanish-American War. Although the fighting in that war ended in August 1898 and the war officially ended by the Treaty of Paris of December 10, 1898, U.S. troops remained on the island … Continue reading U.S. De Facto Protectorate of Cuba, 1898-1934

U.S. Resettlement of Refugees and Recent Afghan Evacuees

The U.S. currently is engaged in resettling in this country refugees from around the world under previously established international refugee resettlement processes as well as recent Afghan evacuees under newly modified processes for Afghans. Here is a summary of the legal requirements and administrative procedures for these important developments. U.S. Resettlement of Refugees International Legal … Continue reading U.S. Resettlement of Refugees and Recent Afghan Evacuees

U.S. Insulting Proclamation of May 20th as Cuba’s Independence Day

On May 20, President Trump and Secretary of State Pompeo stated that May 20 was Cuba’s Independence Day. Cuban officials immediately rejected that assertion. Presidential Message on Cuban Independence Day, 2020[1] “On Cuban Independence Day, we recognize the patriots who fought to liberate Cuba from its colonial oppression and build a society founded on freedom. … Continue reading U.S. Insulting Proclamation of May 20th as Cuba’s Independence Day

List of Posts to dwkcommentaries—Topical: United States (POLITICS)

  As of 5/4/20 # Date Title 2 04/04/11 My Political Philosophy     U.S. Presidency   420 04/24/13 Evaluations of President Obama 467 02/07/14 President Obama Speaks Out for Religious Freedom 467A 02/07/14 Comment: President Obama Criticized for Not Addressing U.S. Religious Freedom 485 03/27/14 President Obama’s Audience with Pope Francis 829 05/11/16 President … Continue reading List of Posts to dwkcommentaries—Topical: United States (POLITICS)

List of Posts to dwkcommentaries—Topical: Law (TREATIES)   

  # Date Title 234 03/31/12 Methods of Enforcing International Human Rights Norms 191 01/11/12 International Law Regarding Freedom of Religion 534 08/04/14 United Nations’ Focus on Freedom of Religion or Belief 229 03/25/12 The U.N. Human Rights Council 229A 03/27/12 Comment: Israel Suspends Relationship with U.N. Human Rights Council 230 03/27/12 U.N. Human Rights … Continue reading List of Posts to dwkcommentaries—Topical: Law (TREATIES)   

Human Rights Commentaries by Mary Ann Glendon, Chair of the Commission on Unalienable Rights

A prior post reviewed the limited public record (to date) of the first meeting on October 23 of the Commission on Unalienable Rights. To gain a better understanding of what to expect from the Commission, this blog will examine two recent commentaries on human rights by, and an interview of, the Commission’s Chair, Mary Ann … Continue reading Human Rights Commentaries by Mary Ann Glendon, Chair of the Commission on Unalienable Rights