“Clearly, we need expanded guidelines for Security Council action to make clear our responsibility to act decisively to prevent humanity’s attack on humanity. The “Responsibility to Protect” is one such guideline. It seeks rules to protect the innocent against appalling assaults on their life and dignity. It does not bless unilateral action. To the contrary, it stands for clear, multilaterally-agreed criteria on what the international community should do when civilians are at risk.”
~ Genocide~ Gadaffi is “bombing his own people”.~ “Save Benghazi”~ African mercenaries~ Viagara-fueled mass rape~ Gaddafi ~ the Demon~ Freedom Fighters ~ the Angels
~ Human Development Index (HDI), a measure of health, education, and income, ranked above the regional average~ the highest standard of living in Africa~ Free public health care, and free public education~ 89% adult literacy rate (with girls outnumbering boys by 10% in secondary and tertiary education)~ Subsidized, affordable food~ Homelessness all but wiped out
Living conditions in Honduras have gone from bad to worse since the democratically elected president Manuel Zelaya was ousted by a military coup in 2009. The rupture of democratic governance has set Honduras back decades,
Hondurans have experienced increased levels of violence since the coup and unprecedented levels of murder and criminalization of politicians, human rights advocates, labor activists, journalists and indigenous leaders.
Mr. Speaker, let me be clear. There are three fundamentally important criteria for assessing the merits of trade agreements.First, does the proposed partner respect democracy, human rights, adequate labour and environmental standards, and Canadian values? If there are challenges in these regards, is the partner on a positive trajectory toward these goals?Second, is the proposed partner’s economy of significant or strategic value to Canada?Third, are the terms of the proposed agreement satisfactory?The proposed free trade agreement with Honduras clearly fails this test.