(Taking context-optional note of thought-provoking quotes)
– IntLawGrrl Naomi Roht-Arriaza (left), Professor at the University of California Hastings College of the Law, and Maria McFarland Sánchez-Moreno (right), Acting U.S. Program Director at Human Rights Watch, in a Foreign Policy commentary entitled "Deadly Aid: How U.S. foreign assistance is helping human rights violators -- and how to stop it." (Also taking note of this commentary was Gwynn Guilford of Andrew Sullivan's Daily Dish, here.) IntLawGrrls' prior posts on foreign assistance are here.
'President Barack Obama, who laid out "a new comprehensive strategy to prevent and respond to mass atrocities" in a speech at the Holocaust Museum in April, is well aware of the need for the United States to respond to the worst crimes on the planet. But the White House risks missing the bigger picture if it does not address human rights abuses and repression more broadly.
'For decades, the human rights community has raised concerns about military support directed at abusive security forces, but it has paid relatively little attention to softer forms of assistance. This aid, however – which is provided largely through USAID and the State Department, adding up to approximately $47 billion in 2011 – can also play a significant role in either abetting or addressing human rights violations.'