Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Russia turns tables on West with rights watchdog

Mon, Apr 28 07:49 PM

By Christian Lowe

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia has endured years of criticism over its human rights record but now it is hitting back by setting up watchdogs in New York and Paris to challenge the West over its own rights record.

Natalya Narochnitskaya, one of the leaders of the project, said the Institute of Democracy and Cooperation will offer a fresh perspective on human rights that is not hostage to the political agenda of Western governments.

"American policy under the flag of democracy and human rights in actual fact is a Trotskyist permanent revolution which serves the aim of giving them (political) mastery," she said.

"There is a double standard in that some countries are declared without sin or are surrounded by a wall of immunity," Narochnitskaya, a former member of Russia's parliament who will head the Institute's Paris office, told Reuters in an interview.....Continued

: Also, for an excellent expose on how the US has used the National Endowment for Democracy as a tool for overthrowing governments, see BSA's "NED: National Endowment for Devouring Countries"

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