For Immediate Release
US Human Rights Network Comments on US Gaining Seat on UN Human Rights Council
WASHINGTON - The US Human Rights Network (USHRN) issued the following statement on the election of the US to a seat on the UN Human Rights Council. can be attributed to US HRN Executive Director, Ajamu Baraka,
We welcome the addition of the United States to the Human Rights Council and hope that it signals renewed commitment to engage the international community and uphold, through example, a commitment to international human rights standards. We also hope this development will provide a basis for a new direction on how human rights issues are addressed in this country and will mark the start of a real effort to bring international standards to problems that continue to plague our nation. For example, FEMA recently announced plans that would re-victimize survivors of Hurricane Katrina by evicting them from trailers, a move that would be prohibited if we relied on the United Nations Guidelines on Internal Displacement.
We look forward to a constructive dialog with the administration on human rights by developing a program of action on implementing the Convention on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, a treaty signed and ratified by the US, the prompt ratification of other human rights treaties, and the establishment of a national institution tasked with the responsibility to ensure compliance with US human rights treaty obligations.