Sex offenders & human rights Soros grant application.pdf
The burgeoning apparatus in the West to define and banish 'sexual predators' should be a natural concern to another key Western 'apparatus' – that organized around human rights. But it hasn't been. The relation of the West's human-rights apparatus (both as a discourse and an institutionalized structure variously governmental and non-) to this banishment is a story so far mostly of non-involvement and complicity, and only partly of critique.
For instance, the groundbreaking 2007 report from Human Rights Watch – No Easy Answers: Sex Offender Laws in the US – says good things about residency restrictions but nothing about long sentences for victimless crimes (such as those of expression), a culture of demonization in which calls for the torture and killing of 'pedophiles' is standard fare in American media and political discourse, and frequent beatings and killings of sex offenders in prison and out. Nor does Human Rights Watch say anything about civil commitment – the indefinite incarceration, often for life, of persons who have completed their sentence for a sex offense. (Germany's highest court, showing more integrity than either HRW or Amnesty International, declared such post-sentence confinement out of bounds in 2011.) Oh, and HRW says that males who have homosexual interests in boys have higher recidivism (maybe because, as they fail to notice, such desires are so deeply rooted in humans, as evidenced by their being shared across cultures and history), so, HRW implies, are maybe good candidates for being locked up forever.
The assimilation by human-rights groups of Western sexual-identity movements, the latter hoping to gain credibility and the former energy and money, has itself produced enormous contradictions – see Human rights wrongs and Pictures at an Execution.
The following was a grant application submitted in fall 2009 to the Soros Foundation's Open Society Institute to investigate this question. The application was rejected, but it raises points in serious need of attention as (especially the US's) approach to those who break sex laws moves in the direction of systemic dehumanization and liquidation.