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Human Rights and US Military Aid

In the light of extrajudicial killings and poor performance of the Philippines in its human rights violation statistics, the US Congress had considered imposing a condition in its grant of military aid, that pressures the present government to improve its effort in securing basic human rights i.e. freedom of speech and freedom of the press. What is your interpretation of such move from the US government? Is this just another demonstration of US intervention in affairs of our Sovereign country? Or should this be taken as a true gesture to promote the protection of human rights, in line with the US government's current advocacy of exporting democracy and its principles to other countries? What is your opinion?

Posted by: lawrence villamar
Date posted: Sep 16,2007
Friedrich Naumann says... | Date replied: Dec 12,2008

Any donor organization has the right to place or not to place conditions on its aid. However most do because they have the responsibility to manage their funds wisely. When it comes to money, it is hardly ever given away for free. This is because someone’s benefit is someone else’s hard earned pay. Everyone who has worked hard would want to see the fruits of their labor put to good use. This is true also in the case of funding entities. They receive their money either through taxes (for example: the U.S. Congress and the Friedrich Naumann Foundation) or donations. Thus, they have the responsibility to administer their endowments wisely as they are accountable to either the tax payers or the donors.

In the case cited above, should the U.S. Congress decide to place a condition on its grant of military aid that should not be interpreted as “intervention in affairs of our Sovereign country.” The U.S. Congress has the right to set conditions as the Philippines has the right to accept or refuse such conditions. However, it should also understand that in refusing a condition, in runs the risk of not receiving the endowment. Aid is freely given and freely received. It is not forced upon the recipient.

The question is whether this is a frivolous condition, or one that is self-serving from the US’ point of view and harmful to the Philippines. Upholding the universal principles of the United Nations (U.N.)’ declaration of human rights does not appear frivolous. Voters in the US do not want military aid to be divorced from human rights concerns, and that seems a valid concern. Neither does this appear harmful to the Philippines, which is a signatory to the U.N.’s human rights instruments.
Replied by: gax | Date replied: Oct 02,2007

Its a clear and present danger for both country. Both will be beneficial, but...but.. but... conflict of interests and principle from the onlookers outside the shell will be of great danger. It always depends on what thery think and put it in violent action, thereby harassing small peole between dark minds in the post.




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