Monday, July 19, 2010

Groups Offer UN Council Two Distinct Views on U.S. Human Rights Record

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Groups Offer UN Council Two Distinct Views on U.S. Human Rights Record

  • I really find it amazing how these countries have any kind of right to point any fingers at the United States. After all, the countries that run the U.N. never does anything wrong against human rights. They never caused a war and they never just left it as is. DESTROYED left for dead. They never imposed wrongful taxes on the general public of any country.  They never even took over land that wasn't theirs.
    Oh Wait. That must have been some other history book from a different planet.
    With the Treaty signed by Obama. It seems the U.N. now has an agenda to try to make America pay for crimes that they have no jurisdiction over.
    Even though the President signed this treaty. The American People will continue to go by our own Constitution, Not the U.N.'s
    If this don't start to wake you up. You better start getting informed.
    If they take out the U.S. you better understand the rest of the world is easy to conquer and destroy.
    This world is not ran by flowery fields and cute little bunnies people.
    See the link to read the rest of this article.

  • According to which of two reports one believes, either the United States is a serial abuser of international human rights standards or it is engaging in democratic and constitutional processes that have resulted in the U.S. making a good faith effort to meet or exceed all of its core international human rights obligations. The U.S. Human Rights Network (in the case of the first report) and the Heritage Foundation (in the case of the second report) filed the reports in connection with the first Universal Periodic Review ("UPR") of the United States' human rights record by the Geneva-based U.N. Human Rights Council that will take place later this year. If history is any guide, the Council will use the UPR to "name and shame" the United States for its alleged human rights shortcomings to the detriment of its international reputation and approval of its international critics.
    The Human Rights Council (the "Council") is an inter-governmental body within the UN system that is "responsible for strengthening the promotion and protection of human rights around the globe." The Council, composed of 47 Member States, including human rights "stalwarts" China and Saudi Arabia, uses the UPR to assess the human rights records of the 192 U.N. Member States. Each Member State must undergo a review once every four years, during which time the Council's UPR Working Group evaluates that State's compliance with international human rights mechanisms, including the U.N. Charter, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and individual international human rights treaties that the State has ratified.
    When reviewing a State's human rights record, the UPR Working Group considers not only the national reports submitted by the State under review, but also reports from various U.N. bodies and other human rights "stakeholders," including non-governmental organizations ("NGO's") and national human rights institutions. One such stakeholder, the aforementioned U.S. Human Rights Network (the "Network"), recently submitted a Summary Report (the "Report") on the human rights record of the United States for consideration during the United States' first UPR, scheduled to take place this December during the 9th Session of the UPR Working Group. The Network is an umbrella organization of high profile "human rights groups," including Amnesty International, the ACLU, and the United Food and Commercial Workers union that, according to the Network's website, aims to:

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