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Sunday, July 30, 2006

UN BODY CRITICISES US ON RIGHTS

The US should immediately shut all secret detention facilities used in its campaign against terror groups, the UN Human Rights Committee has said.

BBC News
July 28, 2006

The committee called on the US to give the International Red Cross prompt access to those held in such jails.

The UN report also covered the domestic human rights situation in the US.

It urged the government to ensure the rights of poor people and blacks are respected in relief efforts.

Both groups were "disadvantaged" in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, the UN committee noted.


Treaty's scope

The UN panel said the US should increase its efforts to "ensure the rights of poor people and in particular African-Americans are fully taken into consideration in the reconstruction plans with regard to access to housing, education and health care."

There should also be a moratorium on the death penalty, which appears to be imposed disproportionately on minority groups and poor people, the report concluded.

The committee's findings after it held a two-day hearing in Geneva last week into US compliance with the 1966 International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

The US government was expected to respond to the findings later on Friday, the Associated Press news agency reported.

However, in its hearing before the panel, the American delegation said that issues relating to terrorism were largely beyond the treaty's scope.

But the committee said on Friday that the US should review that approach and interpret the treaty in good faith.


Closure calls

The committee said it was concerned by "credible and uncontested" information that the US had detained people "secretly and in secret places for months and years."

The US "should only detain persons in places in which they can enjoy the full protection of the law," the report said.

The US authorities should also allow members of the International Committee of the Red Cross to those it is holding in such facilities.

The committee's call comes two months after a seperate UN body, the UN Committee against Torture, urged Washington to close its detention camp at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba.

Earlier this month, the Bush administration announced that all detainees held by the US military, including those at Guantanamo, were to be treated in line with the minimum standards of the Geneva Conventions.

The shift in policy came after the US Supreme Court ruled that the conventions applied to detainees.

***As of today, nothing has changed!

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