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Posted on 03/15/2010 1:33:32 AM PDT by Cindy
"Clinton State Department Working With 'Advocacy Groups' to Prepare 'Human Rights' Report on U.S. to Give to U.N." Friday, March 12, 2010 By Penny Starr, Senior Staff Writer
SNIPPET: "(CNSNews.com) Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said on Thursday that the State Department is soliciting comments from citizens, advocacy groups and other non-governmental organizations on the human rights record of the United States.
Human rights are universal, but their experience is local. This is why we are committed to holding everyone to the same standard, including ourselves, Clinton told a press briefing at the State Department, where she unveiled the 2009 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices.
Clinton said the U.S. is now gathering facts on its own record because as a member of the U.N. Human Rights Council it is participating in the UNHRCs universal periodic review process.
The Obama administrations decision to join the Human Rights Council was controversial. The Geneva-based, 47-member HRC faces numerous criticisms, chief among them the presence of countries with poor rights records. Iran is currently running for a seat on the council."
SNIPPET: "In addition to the United States, 15 countries will undergo UPR by the U.N. Human Rights Council this year: They include Liberia, Libya, Malawi, Mauritania, Lebanon, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Mongolia, Honduras, Jamaica, Panama, Andorra, Bulgaria and Croatia."
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“State Departments Annual Human Rights Report Does Not Examine U.S., But the Next Report Will”
Friday, March 12, 2010
By Patrick Goodenough, International Editor
SNIPPET: “(CNSNews.com) This years annual State Department report on human rights around the world does not include a section on the United States, but the department is already working on a report that does focus on the U.S. In releasing the report on Thursday, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told reporters the Obama administration was committed to holding everyone to the same standard, including ourselves.
Administration officials noted that a report on the U.S. human rights record is being prepared for release to the United Nations’ Human Rights Council later this year.”
SNIPPET: “In gathering information for use in the administrations report for the UPR, consultations are being held across the nation involving government officials, citizens and civil society organizations such as the American Civil Liberties Union, NAACP, Human Rights First and American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee.”
SNIPPET: “As for the U.S. UPR in the fall, Bayefsky predicted it would be an opportunity for rights-abusing states to take pot shots at the U.S., knowing that they risk nothing.”
SNIPPET: In gathering information for use in the administrations report for the UPR, consultations are being held across the nation involving government officials, citizens and civil society organizations such as the American Civil Liberties Union, NAACP, Human Rights First and American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee.
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