Former Democratic President Jimmy Carter says the United States has “lost its place” as a global leader of human rights. “We should be the champion of human rights. We’re a superpower, not based solely on military power; part of that definition should be a commitment to human rights,” Carter said Tuesday at an event at The Carter Center in Atlanta.
“We have lost the long-term commitment to human rights,” he said. The event, part of an annual forum discussing human rights, brought together more than 60 “activists, peacemakers and community leaders,” according to a news release.
“We still have a chance to restore that position, but if we retain our current position of indifference, we only encourage human rights violators. We have abandoned our position as a government,” he said.