US Government Reports on US Human Rights to United Nations



Another difference that the Obama administration makes can be seen in this press release from yesterday. The U.S. has decided to submit this human rights report under the United Nation Human Rights review process:

On August 20, the United States submitted to the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights a report on the U.S. human rights record, in accordance with the UN Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) process.

The report’s submission is one step in the UPR process. The next step will be a formal presentation by the U.S. government to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva in November. The report stands as just one element of the U.S. effort to engage broadly and constructively with the UN and other international organizations.

The review, which has featured an unprecedented level of consultation and engagement with civil society across the country, provides an opportunity to reflect on our human rights record and we hope will serve as an example for other countries on how to conduct a thorough, transparent, and credible UPR presentation. It involved support and assistance from the Department of Justice as well as over ten other federal departments and other offices, and the White House.

The United States is proud of its record on human rights and the role our country has played in advancing human rights and fundamental freedoms around the world.

I will analyze the report as soon as I finish reading it.

Comments

  1. Maria

    Joe,

    Is this report focusing on America’s human rights record domestically or internationally or both? I’m curious to see if there is any mention of detention centers.

    A report by Seattle University School of Law International Human Rights Clinic in collaboration with OneAmerica looked at the treatment of immigrants at the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma, WA. They state in their findings:

    “When detaining immigrants, the U.S. has an obligation to comply with both international and domestic legal standards on detainee treatment. Detention without accountability only increases maltreatment and decreases the most basic American values of liberty and dignity. Current detention
    practices, including detention conditions such as those found at the NWDC, violate both international human rights law and domestic Constitutional protections.”

    The full report can be found at: http://www.weareoneamerica.org/immigrant-detention-report

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