Human Rights Groups Urge Congress to Reject the National Security Waiver of the ‘Coup Clause’
August 21, 2014
The Open Society Policy Center (OSPC), along with 24 human rights organizations, urged Congress to reject a provision in a spending bill that would all but allow the Department of State to continue U.S. aid to a country where there’s been a coup. The so-called “national security” exemption would all but gut current law, which requires the U.S. to stop sending aid to a country where the military has overthrown a democratically elected government. If Congress gives the State Department its exemption, it would undermine the United States’ resolve to support democratic transitions and protections for universal human rights.
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