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Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Center on Democratic Performance Human Rights Report Card

The Center on Democratic Performance at SUNY
Binghamton has issued it's third annual Report Card
of the Policies and Preferences ofPresidential Administrations
with Regard to Human Rights.

The report gives President Bush a ‘D' for his policies and
performance on central issues of human rights for the year
2005, reflecting a decline of one grade over 2004. According
to the Center, "this decline is attributable mostly to reports
on the use of political detention without trial, torture of political
detainees, and the use of secret detention of political prisoners.
On most other indicators of human rights policy – such as
recognition of leaders from countries deemed repressive, and
budgetary consideration of human rights issues, and treaties –
the Administration remained relatively static from last year."