US Quietly Breaks UN Treaty

By Leslie Griffith
    t r u t h o u t | Perspective    Tuesday 26 February 2008

    On Friday, at a United Nations meeting in Geneva, the United States broke a series of legal promises. Keeping those promises would have proved extremely embarrassing to the United States government by pointing out that human rights abuses are being committed here at home and at US military installations abroad.

    In 1994, the United States Senate ratified the UN CONVENTION ON ELIMINATION OF all forms OF RACIAL DISCRIMINATION, promising to provide reports every two years on racial discrimination in the United States. The reports were to include anywhere in the world where the US military is in charge. In other words, the United States military, no matter where it was on the globe, agreed to report discrimination. That now includes Guantanamo and Abu Ghraib.

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