What We all Deserve: Let’s Protect Human Rights with a Global Government and Judicial System
Washington, DC– On October 25th, in Moscow court, WNBA basketball star and Olympic medalist Brittney Griner was denied an appeal to shorten her nine-year sentence in a Russian penal colony for drug-smuggling. Griner was detained at a Moscow airport in February for carrying less than one gram of cannabis in her luggage. The arrest is even more troubling in light of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
Specific details as to Griner’s arrest and conviction corroborate National Security Analyst Steve Hall’s assertions regarding the illegitimacy of the court proceedings. Russian authorities did not provide Griner with a lawyer after her arrest and coerced her into signing documents written in Russian. Furthermore, she was not informed of her constitutional rights within three hours of her arrest, in violation of Russian law. And, most shockingly, the average sentence for comparable drug offenses is only 5 years, with roughly a third of defendants receiving parole.
Washington Post columnist Jason Rezaian, who was unjustly detained in Iran for 544 days, asserts that the Russian government is holding Griner as a political prisoner to gain leverage to counter the inevitable political and economic backlash against its invasion of Ukraine. Griner is one of 442 other political prisoners unjustly imprisoned by the Russian government (as of April 5, 2022), according to Memorial Human Rights Centre, a well-known Russian human rights organization which was recently shut down by the government.
In response to the developments regarding Brittney Griner’s case, Donna Park, Board Chair of Citizens for Global Solutions, issued the following statement:
“What we need to protect Brittney Griner and secure the liberation of countless other political prisoners is a democratic world federation, promoted by world federalist organizations like Citizens for Global Solutions and Young World Federalists. We want to establish an ‘international judicial system’ that would address international issues like foreign political prisoners. Most importantly, it would require universal conformity to political/human rights laws established by a world legislature including a World Parliament to which the people of the world elect their representatives. Countries would no longer be permitted to violate peoples’ civil rights with impunity. In short, a democratic world government would, while respecting national sovereignty, bring to fruition a world all human beings yearn for, characterized by a respect for human rights, a commitment to justice, and a just peace that we all need.”
About Citizens for Global Solutions & Young World Federalists
Citizens for Global Solutions (CGS) is a non-governmental, non-profit, non-partisan membership-based organization that for more than 75 years has brought together a diverse collective of individuals and organizations with a common goal of a unified world predicated upon peace, human rights, and the rule of law. From championing ratification of the UN Charter upon our establishment in 1947 to supporting creation of the International Criminal Court (ICC) 25 years ago to advocating for global instruments to confront today’s enduring challenges of war and climate degradation, CGS recognizes that true progress is a generational enterprise. We invite like-minded individuals and organizations to join us in this mission.
The Young World Federalists are a global movement fighting to give humanity a voice. We envision a sustainable, just, and peaceful world through a democratic world federation. A world run by humanity, for humanity, providing equal opportunity to all on a thriving planet.
Donna Park email@example.com