Foreign policy and human rights

Friends, foes & human rights

Print edition : May 02, 2014

Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi and U.S. Ambassador to India Nancy Powell during a meeting in Gandhinagar on February 13. The meeting was reportedly frosty. Incidentally, Nancy Powell has since resigned her job. Photo: PTI

Prabowo Subianto, the presidential candidate of the Great Indonesia Movement Party, addresses an election rally in Jakarta. Photo: ADEK BERRY/AFP

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir. He has been indicted by the ICC on war crimes charges. Photo: ASHRAF SHAZLY/AFP

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta. He won the presidential election in 2013 despite being indicted by the ICC. Photo: Will Boase/AFP

Kenyan Vice-President William Ruto. He is on trial on similar charges at The Hague. Photo: REUTERS

Rwandan President Paul Kagame. An ally of the West, he has not been targeted despite serious charges. Photo: Geert Vanden Wijngaert/AP

As the change in attitude towards India’s Modi, Indonesia’s Probawo and others shows, the U.S. and the E.U. are quite happy to deal with Asian and African leaders accused of human rights abuses as long as it suits their interests.
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