In keeping with an accelerating trend of seeking to dictate U.S. and state policy, self-styled “human rights” officials at the dictator-dominated United Nations blasted the United States — and Oklahoma in particular — for allegedly violating what the UN calls “international law.” Responding to what has been described as the “botched” execution of convicted rapist and murderer Clayton Lockett this week, the international outfit’s “human rights office” called on authorities across America to end the death penalty.
It took 43 minutes for the death-row inmate to die of a heart attack. According to the UN “High Commissioner” for “human rights,” Lockett’s alleged suffering following the April 29 lethal injection could be classified as “cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment” under “international human rights law.” It was not clear where the UN thought it derived the authority to create or impose any sort of “law” on its member governments, or what specific treaty the outfit believes was violated.
Following another recent UN “human rights” diatribe attacking the U.S. Constitution, gun rights, spankings, deportations of criminals, and the death penalty, the UN reiterated the international organization’s view that executions should be halted. In a bizarre twist for an outfit that appears to specialize in attacking the U.S. Constitution and its Bill of Rights, however, a UN spokesman also claimed Lockett’s execution was a violation of the Eighth Amendment prohibiting cruel and unusual punishment.
It was perhaps the first time that the UN has claimed to be concerned with the constitutional rights of Americans. However, it was unclear whether the “human rights” bureaucrats had considered the rights of Lockett’s victim, 19-year-old Stephanie Neiman, who had graduated from high school two weeks earlier. After forcing Neiman to watch her friend being gang raped, Lockett, who had kidnapped the young woman, proceeded to beat her. Then he shot her with a shotgun, twice. She survived, so Lockett ordered his accomplices to bury her alive.
In 2000, a jury convicted Lockett of murder, rape, forcible sodomy, kidnapping, assault and battery, and burglary. Neiman’s parents asked jurors to give the man who murdered their only child the death penalty. Bobby Bornt, who was also kidnapped with Neiman, along with a 9-month-old baby, said in a letter that lethal injection “is almost too easy of a way to die after what he did to us.” Even Lockett’s mother publicly said her son deserved to die for the crimes he confessed to.
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