UN carries out first review of US human rights record
Saturday, March 19, 2011
The United Nations has completed its first ever assessment of the United States human rights record, which began last November. They made 228 recommendations for improvements. On Friday, the U.S. accepted about 174 of these, agreeing to such recommendations as the humane treatment of terror suspects and repudiation of torture, but rejected the recommendation to drop the .
The, , listed nine core areas in which the U.S. agreed to make improvements, including , , and the humane treatment of suspects held at . Koh said agreed to push for ratification of conditions under the and to add protections for international armed conflict detainees. Koh refused to drop the death penalty as many European countries requested, arguing that it was legal under international law.
Thejoined the 47-nation two years ago, allowing for increased international scrutiny. This is the first time the five-year-old council has reviewed the U.S. record of human rights. Nations are held accountable to make the improvements in the recommendations that they agree to.
In criticism of the U.S., the director of the's human rights program, Jamil Dakwar, noted that the U.S., unlike 100 other countries, lacks an independent human rights monitoring commission.
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