posted on Mar, 11 2005 @ 03:49 AM
"In a two-paragraph letter dated March 7, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice (news - web sites) informed U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan (news -
web sites) that the United States "hereby withdraws" from the Optional Protocol to the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations. The United States
proposed the protocol in 1963 and ratified it -- along with the rest of the Vienna Convention -- in 1969.
The protocol requires signatories to let the International Court of Justice (ICJ) make the final decision when their citizens say they have been
illegally denied the right to see a home-country diplomat when jailed abroad.
The United States initially backed the measure as a means to protect its citizens abroad. It was also the first country to invoke the protocol before
the ICJ, also known as the World Court, successfully suing Iran (news - web sites) for the taking of 52 U.S. hostages in Tehran in 1979.
But in recent years, other countries, with the support of U.S. opponents of capital punishment, successfully complained before the World Court that
their citizens were sentenced to death by U.S. states without receiving access to diplomats from their home countries."
"that their citizens were sentenced to death by U.S. states without receiving access to diplomats from their home countries."
Well, how many US prisoners in other countries have used their access to US diplomats while sitting in god-forsaken prisons around the world. I know
I can vaguely remember two or three cases right off the bat.
With all the hoopla over Kerry and his desire to hand us over to the UN, and considering just how willing and eager they are to pull out of treaties
like this one that are actually used to protect our citizens and servicemen, well, it will be interesting to see just what he does with the WTO when
the demand that we structure our laws more to their liking.