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Honor President Kennedy: Reform the UN to Defend Human Rights

By Yleem Poblete

The following op-ed ran today in The Hill’s Global Affairs blog:

As the nation prepares to mark a grim anniversary—the assassination of President John F. Kennedy—it affords an opportunity to assess his legacy and recall his words.  One JFK quote is particularly poignant in light of recent events: “If men and women are in chains anywhere in the world, then freedom is endangered everywhere.”

Kennedy’s statement was likely influenced by the experience of World War II and commencement of the global struggle between free, democratic nations and oppressive, communist regimes.  In many ways, it encapsulated the raison d’être of the United Nations, as the protection and defense of human rights is enshrined in its founding Charter.

But the UN has lost its way.

Read the entire post here.

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