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Human Rights Activists Take Reverse Approach to Teabaggers

March 29, 2010

SEATTLE - March is Women's History Month and some Washington human rights advocates say it's the right time to remind the Obama administration that women still have not reached equality.

Roslyn Solomon, chair of the Seattle Human Rights Commission, says her group has been able to persuade the City of Seattle to take stands in favor of a person's right to health care. She believes both local and federal governments have a roll to play in securing certain basic rights.

"It's the opposite of somebody who is a libertarian or a teabagger who says, 'Get government out of my life.' we say that the government has an obligation to enable the individual to thrive and live a life of dignity."

The Seattle Human Rights Commission supports women's rights and focuses its work in related areas, says Solomon.

"We're encouraging the city to look at issues around housing, education, public safety-health, as human rights."

Lisa Crooms, steering committee chair for the campaign, says the positions taken by the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women need to be ratified. She says many people around the world are surprised that human rights is still an issue in the United States.

"People do look to us as being advanced, but the reality is that the state of human rights as a domestic matter in the United States fails to measure up to the rhetoric that tends to be deployed internationally."

The Campaign for a New Domestic Human Rights Agenda, is made up of some 50 U.S. based organizations, and is pushing for the Obama administration to honor its human rights commitments both in the United States and abroad.

Mike Clifford, Public News Service - WA