The death of George Floyd and the United States‘ response to ensuing protests demonstrated double standards in the country’s policies on certain rights it has been insisting on around the world, according to Zivadin Jovanovic, former foreign minister of Yugoslavia.
Jovanovic told Xinhua that the United States‘ respect for human rights is reserved only for those countries on which it wishes to impose domination.
“The rights are acceptable for them only in their objective to dominate globally,” Jovanovic said.
He noted that such policies are rooted “in the theory of their exceptionality and the strategy of hegemonic and global domination.”
The senior Yugoslavian diplomat believes that double standards are the source of many problems in global relations, while obtaining peace, stability and prosperity requires all countries to abandon such practices.
As for the United States itself, Jovanovic said racial discrimination is deeply rooted in the history of the country’s socio-economic and political practice, and that segregation is still visible in the distribution of wealth and availability of health protection.
“The present problem should be treated in much broader contexts and only a systematic approach could deliver the sustainable solution and social stability,” he said.
Moreover, Jovanovic said that the United States’ double standards are also reflected in its disrespect of international conventions and agreements, such as those related to the International Criminal Court, arms control, the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization and the World Health Organization.
“They accused some countries of interfering in their electoral process, without any proof, but the United States is particularly interfering in the electoral process all over the world by bribing political parties and blackmailing politicians,” he pointed out.