Omar’s commitment to human rights is heartening

As Minnesotans and constituents, we are heartened by Ilhan Omar’s commitment to human rights, which explains her critique of the State of Israel for its violation of the rights of Palestinians under international law.

Rep. Omar also appropriately questioned the appointment of Elliott Abrams as the point person on the Venezuelan conflict. As President Ronald Reagan’s assistant secretary of state, Abrams said reports of the 1982 El Mozote massacre of 500 civilians by the U.S. supported El Salvadoran military were “not credible.” He also supported funding and training of the Guatemalan military under the presidency of Efrain Rios Montt, who was later found guilty of mass murder of Mayan populations.

Omar also brings expertise to understanding the tragic history of Honduras since the U.S. accepted the 2009 coup that overthrew the democratically elected President Zelaya. This coup has resulted in corrupt governments that violate the human rights of Hondurans. Like Omar, we traveled with Witness for Peace to Honduras, where we learned how U.S. financed and trained security forces to repress dissent. The November 2017 Honduran presidential election had many irregularities that led the Organization of American States to call for new elections. More than 30 peaceful protesters were killed by security forces.

This history of corruption, violence, and repression explains why so many Hondurans join the caravans that migrate to the U.S. We believe that Omar’s knowledge of Central American and her own history as a refugee will assist the U.S. in developing a foreign policy that is more sensitive to human rights and more humane to refugees.

The authors are from West St. Paul, Golden Valley, and Minneapolis.

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Comments (3)

  1. Submitted by Paul Udstrand on 03/14/2019 - 08:28 am.

    I appreciate Omar’s dedication as well and look forward to her continued representation.

  2. Submitted by David Koski on 03/14/2019 - 08:56 am.

    I appreciate the authors support and their stand for Ihan Omar’s actual purpose. Also, to remind us of the United States history in respect to Central AmericaSnd the Mayan people.
    I for one, am sick of the twisting and gaming done by our media, which has become the hollow megaphone of the elite. The critique of Israel was attacked and they shielded themselves from the false fallout and made congress condemn anti-seminism and anti-muslim discrimination. This is more than just making lemons out of lemonade, more like thrown stones into floral bouquets.

  3. Submitted by Barry Peterson on 03/15/2019 - 05:08 pm.

    I appreciate that Congresswoman Omar is moving to a high ground in her conviction toward human rights. The letter of the three signatories authoring their review of Omar are very important.

    However, not much has ever been said about what is actually said in the scriptures found in the Quran. Moreover, few people understand the evolution that took place in the words of The Prophet Muhammed, nor of the nuances The Prophet made with regard to his earlier stance on war (Sura/Chapter 8); nor as it strongly contrasted with his teachings in Sura/Chapter 22, and in Summary in the Final Sermon.

    With regard to Sura/Chapter 22, The Prophet’s stance on war is as considerate, if not more restrive, than the teachings of Augustine and, later, Thomas Aquinas.

    For those who are active and faithful Christians, we know that the Saint/The Apostle Paul persecuted Christians before coming to Christ. Paul’s words are highly instrumental in the modern teaching of Christianity.

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