Russian Report Cites Obamacare, Drone Strikes and ‘Xenophobia’ as U.S. Human Rights Violations

October 30, 2012 - 12:44 PM

 

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Russian President Vladimir Putin gestures during a meeting with Russian gas monopoly Gazprom head Alexei Miller in the Novo-Ogaryovo, near Moscow, Monday, Oct. 29, 2012. (AP Photo/RIA-Novosti, Alexei Nikolsky, Presidential Press Service)

(CNSNews.com) - Russia claims that Obamacare, the National Defense Authorization Act and CIA drone strikes are all examples of human rights violations being committed by the United States.

In its now-annual report on human rights in the U.S., the Russian government of Vladimir Putin lists a host of alleged violations, including the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, of which the report says: “Human rights organizations considered this Act to be a violation of human rights and freedoms as it obliged the citizens to buy insurance policy.”

The “report,” which is based on U.S. government reports, activist group publications and news stories widely available to the U.S. public, claims that 50 million Americans, or 16.3 percent of the population, do not have health insurance.

Citing the liberal Institute for Democracy and Cooperation, it notes that the current U.S. healthcare system involves “insurance companies, banks, pharmaceutical companies, research centers, and healthcare institutions.” It adds that in the “majority of cases” ordinary Americans “are on the losing side.”

The Russian government also cited elements of the defense authorization bill, which passed the House of Representatives on May 18, on a 299-120 vote.

“The National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2012 legalized officially the authority of the executive power to arrest people indefinitely and without trial,” the former Soviet Union noted.

The Russian report noted that the indefinite detention provision of that bill received opposition from groups ranging from the ACLU to the Bill of Rights Defense Committee.

Drone strikes on targets in Pakistan, Somalia, and Yemen also made the list of alleged U.S. human rights violations.

“Apart from operating on the battlefield, the CIA is actively pursuing a secret unmanned aerial vehicle program for ‘targeted’ elimination of terrorists abroad,” according to the report, noting that over eight years beginning in 2004 the CIA launched 327 air strikes in the country south of Afghanistan.

The death toll from drone strikes in Pakistan range from 2,500 to 3,200, the report claims, placing the number of “peaceful Pakistanis” killed in the range from 482 to 852, including 175 children.

According to the Russians, racism and islamophobia are also on the rise in the U.S.

The report cites “American law enforcement authorities” who it said “register progressive increase in the number of extremist groups, significant number of crimes committed on the grounds of racial, religious and ethnic enmity.”

“Sociologists believe that 15-20 percent of the USA population belong to rabid xenophobes,” according to the Russians. “Approximately so many Americans suppose that it is necessary to prohibit the followers of Islam from working in the government,” it added.

The report even quoted the Southern Poverty Law Center as stating that there are “over one thousand extremist groups” -- a list which includes groups that oppose homosexual activism and same-sex marriage.

The report also restates allegations made in previous reports, including alleged abuses at what it calls CIA “black site” prisons.

In addition, it chides the U.S. for -- among other things --  police brutality, the conditions of U.S. prison systems, capital punishment, voting rights, immigration policy and Arizona’s controversial 2010 immigration law.

The Russian report also called lobbying “a legalized form of corruption that undermines the U.S. ability to confront various economic, social and political challenges.”