Washington - The United States has violated the economic and legal rights of its citizens to an alarming degree, the CATO Institute said in a new report.
According to the Washington-based think tank’s newly published Human Rights Index, the United States’ ranking fell from the 17th place in 2008 to the 20th in 2012, declining in indicators of rule of law and economic freedom, among others.
“The US performance is worrisome and shows the United States can no longer claim to be the leading bastion of liberty in the world,” said Ian Vasquez, co-author of the report.
According to Vasquez, in addition to the expansion of regulatory state and drop in economic freedom, the war on terror, the war on drugs and the erosion of property rights have all likely contributed to the United States’ decline.
The United States has recently seen waves of domestic protests against and worldwide condemnation of its human rights violations as cases of police shooting dead African Americans, most notably the one in Ferguson, Missouri, happened frequently in the country.Read More »