A protester holds up an American flag with the words “I Can't Breathe” as he walks in Manhattan after a George Floyd demonstration in Brooklyn, New York, on June 4. Photo: EPA-EFE A protester holds up an American flag with the words “I Can't Breathe” as he walks in Manhattan after a George Floyd demonstration in Brooklyn, New York, on June 4. Photo: EPA-EFE
A protester holds up an American flag with the words “I Can't Breathe” as he walks in Manhattan after a George Floyd demonstration in Brooklyn, New York, on June 4. Photo: EPA-EFE
Rob York
Opinion

Opinion

Rob York

If the US wants to be a human rights beacon, it has to hold itself to a higher standard

  • Criticism of the US human rights record has grown and, while it is nowhere as dismal as in countries like China or North Korea, if America is to represent a higher standard, it should behave as though it does and reform where it does not

A protester holds up an American flag with the words “I Can't Breathe” as he walks in Manhattan after a George Floyd demonstration in Brooklyn, New York, on June 4. Photo: EPA-EFE A protester holds up an American flag with the words “I Can't Breathe” as he walks in Manhattan after a George Floyd demonstration in Brooklyn, New York, on June 4. Photo: EPA-EFE
A protester holds up an American flag with the words “I Can't Breathe” as he walks in Manhattan after a George Floyd demonstration in Brooklyn, New York, on June 4. Photo: EPA-EFE
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Rob York

Rob York

Rob York is program director for regional affairs at the Pacific Forum. Before joining the Pacific Forum, he worked as a production editor at the South China Morning Post and as chief editor of NK News.