America’s Human Rights Record: New UN Report Denounces Washington

On May 26, the UN Human Rights Council issued a report titled “Promotion and Protection of All Human Rights, Civil, Political, Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, Including the Right to Development – Report of the Special Rapporteur (Philip Alston) on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions.”

Alston was damning in his criticism regarding “three areas in which significant improvement is necessary if the US Government is to match its actions to its stated commitment to human rights and the rule of law:”

[…] In summary, Alston called America’s human rights record “deplorable,” and in need of major changes. In response, the Obama administration charged him with violating his mandate by accusing the US of failing to properly investigate allegations of unlawful US military killings in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Acting deputy at the US mission in Geneva, Larry Richter, said: “We do not believe that military and intelligence operations during armed conflict fall within the special rapporteur’s mandate.” Much more important is his lack of power to act on the crimes he discovered. Still he deserves credit for revealing what US authorities try hard to suppress and ignore.read details of investugatuons into abuses

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