Could Foreclosures, Immigration Policy and Racial Profiling Make the US a Human Rights Offender?

A report presented to the United Nations Human Rights Council claims it's not just post 9/11 civil liberties restrictions that have the  potential to make the US a human rights offender--but also everyday issues of racial and social discrimination.

The international body will conduct its periodic review of the human rights record of a select number its member nations, including the US, begining next week. Every four years it reviews the records of a different group of nations.

And this year we're not going to get off scott-free. Our own non-governmental organizations in the US Human Rights Network have compiled a damning report accusing the US of human rights violations left and right. According to Agence France-Presse, 

The Network produced a 400-page report criticising "glaring inadequacies in the United States' human rights record," including the "discriminatory impact" of foreclosures, "widespread" racial profiling and "draconian" immigration policies.
"Advocates across America have not only documented substandard human rights practices which have persisted in the US for years, but also those that reflect the precipitous erosion of human rights protections in the US since 9/11," said Sarah Paoletti of the Network.
The United States has also faced widespread criticism by UN rights monitors in recent years over its handling of terror suspects and suspected torture, while concern over the conduct of wars in Iraq and Afghanistan has been revived in recent months with "Wikileak" reports on leaked confidential documents.

The US had refused to join the Council under George W. Bush's presidency, even though the result of the review and debate in the UN will not be any action against the member countries.

Read more at Raw Story.

AlterNet / By Sarah Seltzer

Posted at November 2, 2010, 3:38am

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