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Fri Jan 4, 2019, 08:37 AM

US halts cooperation with UN on potential human rights violations

Source: The Guardian

The Trump administration has stopped cooperating with UN investigators over potential human rights violations occurring inside America, in a move that delivers a major blow to vulnerable US communities and sends a dangerous signal to authoritarian regimes around the world.

Quietly and unnoticed, the state department has ceased to respond to official complaints from UN special rapporteurs, the network of independent experts who act as global watchdogs on fundamental issues such as poverty, migration, freedom of expression and justice. There has been no response to any such formal query since 7 May 2018, with at least 13 requests going unanswered.

Nor has the Trump administration extended any invitation to a UN monitor to visit the US to investigate human rights inside the country since the start of Donald Trump’s term two years ago in January 2017. Two UN experts have made official fact-finding visits under his watch – the special rapporteurs on extreme poverty and privacy – but both were invited initially by Barack Obama, who hosted 16 such visits during his presidency.

The silent treatment being meted out to key players in the UN’s system for advancing human rights marks a stark break with US practice going back decades. Though some areas of American public life have consistently been ruled out of bounds to UN investigators – US prisons and the detention camp on Guantánamo Bay are deemed off-limits – Washington has in general welcomed monitors into the US as part of a wider commitment to upholding international norms.

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Ed Pilkington in New York
Fri 4 Jan 2019 06.00 GMT


Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/law/2019/jan/04/trump-administration-un-human-rights-violations

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Fri Jan 4, 2019, 08:39 AM

1. K&R

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Fri Jan 4, 2019, 08:56 AM

2. What is our government hiding?

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Response to ck4829 (Reply #2)

Fri Jan 4, 2019, 09:07 AM

4. Sick babies crying in overcrowded cages,

children being tortured and drugged, children being killed because they aren't treated appropriately when they get sick.

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Fri Jan 4, 2019, 08:59 AM

3. Shameful. n/t

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