We Don’t Need an International Court to Deal with Corruption

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In an effort to crack down on global corruption, some are advocating an international anti-corruption court. This is a bad idea.

“Among other problems, it would not address widespread and deeply entrenched petty corruption, would prove ineffective in cases of true impunity, and arguably would trivialize genocide and war crimes by equating them with theft and abuse of power,” Heritage Foundation experts Brett D. Schaefer, Steven Groves, and James M. Roberts explain in a new report.

Transparency International defines corruption as “the abuse of entrusted power for private gain.” The map above makes clear that corruption is a serious issue world-wide. But an international solution would threaten American sovereignty and do little to solve the underlying problem.

Heritage’s experts recommend the U.S. should: Continue Reading »

No, the U.N. Disabilities Treaty Won’t Benefit American Veterans

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To convince reluctant senators to pass the U.N. disabilities treaty, which would limit American sovereignty in exchange for unlikely benefits, liberals now argue that the agreement will benefit veterans.

The problem is, that claim about the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities just isn’t true, Heritage Foundation expert Steve Groves argues: Continue Reading »

Video: Sen. Orrin Hatch Makes the Case for U.S. Sovereignty and Against Ineffective U.N. Treaties


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In 2009 the Obama administration signed the the Convention of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, an inefficient United Nations treaty that sacrifices American sovereignty without any benefit to the United States.

Now it is in the hands of the Senate to ratify or reject the treaty.

The United States has enacted extensive federal laws to end discrimination against persons with disabilities in the United States, Heritage Foundation expert Steve Groves told members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee last year.

CRPD would not improve on these laws. Instead, it would hand over US sovereignty to a UN governing body that would set legally binding standards and require routine compliance reviews.

“If the Senate gives its advice and consent and the Convention is ratified,” Groves testified, “it would become the supreme Law of the Land on par with federal statutes, including statutes relating to disability rights.”

Speaking last week on the Senate floor, Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) laid out his argument for voting down the CRPD. Continue Reading »

Why the U.S. Was Right to Walk Away from the U.N. Internet Agreement


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To its great credit, the Obama administration has refused to sign on to a United Nations agreement that would have put more of the Internet under international governance and potentially curtailed the freedom that has allowed it to thrive.

This is consistent with what Heritage Foundation scholars Brett Schaefer and James Gattuso recommended:

The U.S. must articulate clear red lines and, if they are crossed, be willing to walk away. Protecting the vitality and viability of the Internet is preferable to signing on to a compromise agreement that violates key principles and undercuts the framework that has contributed to its success.

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Defeat of UN Disabilities Treaty Is a Win for U.S. Sovereignty

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The defeat last week of the UN disabilities treaty was a win for sovereignty, made possible in no small part by the work of Heritage Foundation expert Steve Groves and our sister organization, Heritage Action for America.

The disabilities treaty, known formally as Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities is essentially a replica of a law already existence in the U.S. Ratifying this treaty and subjecting our sovereignty to international bureaucrats would therefore have been pointless, Groves explains: Continue Reading »

Heritage Expert Testifies on the Dangers of the Disability Convention

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Steven GrovesThe Senate could vote this week on a new United Nations treaty intended to protect people with disabilities.

But in testimony earlier this year before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Heritage Foundation expert Steve Groves argued that ratifying the treaty is both harmful to American sovereignty and unnecessary to protect the rights of the disabled.

Groves, who works in Heritage’s Thatcher Center, pointed out that a vast array of federal, state and local laws already protects people with disabilities. Ratifying the treaty would only make American laws subject to review by international bureaucrats who aren’t looking out for our nation’s interests.

An excerpt from his testimony: Continue Reading »

Conservatives Win a Senate Victory as Lawmakers Line Up Against LOST


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The USS John F. KennedyThirty-four Senators have signed a letter pledging to oppose the costly United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, which would erode American sovereignty. This effectively ends the treaty’s chances for ratification in 2012, since under the Constitution, treaties must be approved by two thirds of Senators.

“The American people have responded to the educational efforts of Heritage and other institutions concerned about America’s interests in the world and have made clear that the U.S. Senate should not approve LOST,” Heritage Foundation senior vice president David Addington writes. He has more:

The Heritage Foundation and Heritage Action for America have fought steadily for American sovereignty and American naval and maritime rights and against taxation of Americans by international organizations and giveaways of America’s resources to foreign countries.

Heritage Foundation expert Steven Groves has spent years pointing out the dangers of the agreement, commonly known as the Law of the Sea Treaty. Continue Reading »

We Don’t Need the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty

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A new treaty isn’t the solution to proliferation of arms to terrorist groups, The Heritage Foundation’s Ted Bromund argued yesterday at the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty conference.

“It is member states that, by design or negligence, arm terrorists and violate existing embargoes,” Bromund said. “What is needed is not a new treaty on the arms trade. It is nations that are willing and able to uphold the commitments they have already made.”

The treaty suffers from wishful thinking about the power of international law, he argued:

Supporters of the ATT argue that we need it to raise national standards on the import, export, and transfer of arms. But if any nation wishes to raise its standards, it is free to do so now. The fact is that many U.N. member states have neither the desire nor the ability to raise their standards. A treaty will not compel or enable them to do so.

Click here to read Bromund’s speech in its entirety. 

Video: Heritage’s Steve Groves Testifies about the Threat Posed by the Law of the Sea Treaty


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Heritage Foundation expert Steven Groves testified last week before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee (link in PDF) at hearings about ratification of the Law of the Sea Treaty.

Also testifying on the panel were former Secretary of State Donald Rumsfeld and former Deputy Secretary of State John Negroponte.

Watch a video of Groves’ testimony below, starting at minute 61, and be sure to watch his discussion with Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) at minute 67:

Is John Kerry right that we need to ratify the Law of the Sea Treaty?

The Liberal Plan to Push LOST in the Lame-Duck Session

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Oil rigAdvocates of the misguided Law of the Sea Treaty hope to ram the treaty through in the lame-duck session after the election, Heritage Foundation expert Brian Darling writes.

Hearings held today on treaty ratification “are a pretext for a lame duck strategy to railroad the treaty through the Senate after the November election.”

Heritage scholar Steve Groves plans to testify Thursday at Senate hearings on the treaty and explain why it would undermine American sovereignty and security.

Do you think the Senate will be able to pass the legislation in a lame duck session?

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