Pompeo announces formation of Commission on Unalienable Rights

WASHINGTON, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced Monday the formation of the Commission on Unalienable Rights that will provide him with “advice on human rights grounded in our nation’s founding principles.” In remarks to reporters, Pompeo reiterated that the (Donald) Trump administration “has embarked on a foreign policy that takes seriously the founders’ ideas of individual liberty and constitutional government.” He noted that those principles “have long played a prominent role in our country’s foreign policy and rightly so.

“Every once in a while we need to step back and reflect seriously on where we are, where we have been and whether we are headed in the right direction,” he added.

The US top diplomat affirmed that “each of these is an important question, and the mission of the commission is to provide advice on them and others in a manner deeply informed by the timeless truths embedded in the American founding with a view to guiding our nation’s foreign policy.” He stressed that “international institutions designed and built to protect human rights have drifted from their original mission,” and that “nation-states and international institutions remain confused about their respective responsibilities concerning human rights.” Pompeo reiterated that “with that as background and with all of this in mind, the time is right for an informed review of the role of human rights in American foreign policy”.

Source: Kuwait News Agency