Secret human-rights abuses of the UK’s foreign policies

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IT WAS good to see Murray Day writing about the recent revelations of “our government’s relationship with Gaddafi’s Libya” (last week’s ‘Your Opinions’) — and it was also good that the Dispatch published his letter.

Personally, I have been ashamed for quite a while now about many of the foreign policies and actions that have been carried out by our governments ever since the end of the Second World War (1945 onwards).

In 1948, we were one of many countries who signed the UDHR (Universal Declaration of Human Rights), and since then, there have been many instances of our governments supporting repressive regimes.

Also, they have provided excessive amounts of arms and military training and equipment, knowing full well that even more innocent civilians were often being terrorised, wounded and/or killed as a result.

Over the whole period of 65 years, the UK (along with the USA of course) have been two of the worst perpetrators of human rights abuses and instigators of wars/conflicts wherever and whenever they have decided. Just for power, money, resources and ego — and not necessarily in that order.

I have details here of more than 30 examples of this. They include interference in, bombing of and sanctions against other countries, which have resulted in millions of deaths.

These can vary between supporting a repressive regime and imposing our will on an elected administration that we (sometimes with the self-appointed ‘world policeman’, the USA) are not happy with and using any means/methods that are decided on, some of which I’ve already mentioned.

I know this is very hard to believe because most of the time, they manage to keep it out of the public domain (the British public only know of what is in the media, nothing more).

For example, we still wouldn’t know about the “relationship with Gaddafi” if it wasn’t for him being overthrown. Because until now, it has been kept secret — as most unsavoury foreign policies and actions always have been.

The UK and US governments are excellent at preaching about democracy and human rights. But they’re not very good at practising it.

With regard to foreign countries, they can get away with lots of undemocratic policies and actions, along with human rights abuses, if it suits their purposes. What the British public doesn’t know about isn’t going to cause any problem at home.

All we ever hear is that everything our government does is for the good of the world, and our country. Which is exactly the same as the American public are told. And being as our politicians are always honest (??), we should believe it, of course (??).

It’s all done in our name (the British people), including everything we’re not told about. But fortunately, different things are emerging gradually that will enlighten us a lot more to the hypocritical, discriminatory, aggressive, under-handed ways our elected politicians implement our foreign policy. Of which there are two versions: the OFFICIAL one and the ACTUAL one.

Many examples could be given in this Letter. But perhaps that wouldn’t be a wise thing to do. Suffice to say that if anyone wants to investigate, they are all published somewhere and available for scrutiny.

But obviously, very few of them have ever made it into the mainstream media or public domain. Only occasionally — thanks to a certain minority of journalists who actually care.

They’re not things that a supposed democratic and UDHR-supporting government is going to boast about, are they?

NEIL UNWIN,

George Street,

Hucknall.