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John McCain: Why we must support human rights

Human rights cannot be rescinded by one government any more than they can be granted by another

NYT  |  Washington DC 

SOME years ago, I heard Natan Sharansky, the human rights icon, recount how he and his fellow refuseniks in the Soviet Union took renewed courage from statements made on their behalf by President Ronald Reagan. Word had reached the gulag that the leader of the most powerful nation on earth had spoken in defense of their right to self-determination. America, personified by its president, gave them hope, and hope is a powerful defense against oppression. As I listened to Mr. Sharansky, I was reminded how much it had meant to my fellow P.O.W.s and me when we heard from new additions to ...

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First Published: Tue, May 09 2017. 13:40 IST
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