Foreign Minister Mike Pompeo announced on Monday the formation of a commission to justify future foreign policy discussions in the American founding principles.
The Foreign Ministry announced Pompeo's creation of a new Inalienable Rights Commission – an organization consisting of academics, philosophers, activists, republicans, Democrats and independents, who are expected to advise the Foreign Minister in foreign affairs affairs Harvard Law School Professor and former US Ambassador to the Holy See, Mary Ann Glendon.
"The time has come for a well-founded review of the role of human rights in US foreign policy," said Pompeo on Monday US commitment to respect human rights. "
A high-ranking government official told Fox News that the commission was a personal project of Pompeo's to have imagined since he was a cadet at West Point.
The official stated that the commission was not going to outline any new principles, but to put politics into existing ones. The official added that the members of the Commission are more likely to advise Pompeo than to make policy decisions, but the administration hopes that the Commission will be able to act as a guiding star for policy decisions in the future.
The Commission is expected to be active for two years and can be extended.
Commenting on Sunday's Wall Street Journal, Pompeo hopes the Commission will launch a human rights debate beyond the United States, much like the human rights group convened in 1
"Your members will answer basic questions: What are our fundamental freedoms? Why do we have them? Who or what grants these rights? How do we know if a human rights claim is true? What happens when rights conflicts occur? Should certain categories of rights be inseparably linked to other rights? ", He wrote.
The Commission also relies on the growing concern of Conservatives that human rights at home and abroad are less about fundamental rights and more about specific economic or social issues.
"If all is right, it means by definition that we devalue the centrality of inalienable rights – that's important," the government official said.
Pompeo argued that oppressive regimes such as Iran and China have used this relocation, while international organizations such as the United Nations need to focus on their original tasks.
"The advocacy of human rights has lost its orientation and has become more of an industry than a moral compass," wrote Pompeo. "And & # 39; Rights Talk & # 39; has become an integral part of our domestic political discourse without making serious efforts to distinguish what rights mean and where they come from."
The senior official said the commission was an offshoot of a speech by Pompeo in May to the Claremont Institute, where he talked about seeing foreign policy through the prism of the founding of America.
In this speech he described how America's foreign policy had become "unrestrained" and "detached from common sense."
"I am very confident that the founders would have been baffled by these steps. We had too much faith in the international system and not enough faith in our own nation. And we have had too little courage to oppose regimes that conflict with our interests and values.
Brooke Singman of Fox News contributed to this report.