Obama Administration seeks Human Rights waiver on war funds
Washington, Nov 14: The Obama administration has once again asked the Congress free its military effort against the Islamic State from a longstanding ban on U.S. assistance to torturers and war criminals, on Friday.
According to the Obama Administration, such bans will prevent the US from finding “clean” American allies in the region harrowed by ethnic animosity and religious extremism.
The administration’s latest proposal, which goes against concerns raised by key Senate Democrats, who blocked two earlier requests for such an exemption, requests the Congress for a $1.6 billion to train Iraqi and Kurdish forces to fight IS as part of a $5.6 billion request to expand the U.S. mission in Iraq.
While talking about the human rights waiver, spokesman for the National Security Council, Alistair Baskey, stated the it does not intend to alter the US’s practices with respect to human rights-related laws, including the Leahy law. ” However, the language used in the waiver, allows the defense secretary to waive ‘any’ provision that would ‘prohibit’, ‘restrict’, ‘limit’ or otherwise ‘constrain’ the war spending,” he added.
Meanwhile, President Obama has wrapped up his visit to China, where he was attending the APEC Leaders Meeting and a bilateral state visit with President Xi. During his bilateral visit in China President Obama made affirmed his commitment to moving the US-China relation forward and is currently in Burma, here he has attended the East Asia Summit plenary session in Nay Pyi Taw yesterday, before coming to Rangoon today where he will be meeting Aung San Sui Kyi.
President Obama will be wrapping up his tour to Burma today and will be in Australia tomorrow for the G-20 leaders meeting in Brisbane.
The Oslo Times