For Immediate Release
CCR Calls for Obama Administration to Move from Rhetoric to Action in Complying with Human Rights Obligations
CCR Issues Response to Incomplete Accounting of Issues During Universal Review of U.S. in Geneva
NEW YORK/GENEVA - Today, the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) issued a report on the formal adoption of the United States’ Report at the United Nations Human Rights Council Session in Geneva, which brought the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of the United States to a close. As part of the review process, CCR authored or contributed to five NGO reports on the human rights failures and abuses of the United States, on issues ranging from racial profiling to the lack of accountability following extrajudicial killings and torture committed by private military contractors in Iraq and Afghanistan.
“Contrary to assertions by the U.S. that it supports the ‘vigorous investigation and prosecution of any serious violations of international law,’ the United States has utterly failed to seek or promote accountability for the widespread human rights violations, including torture, committed by high-level U.S. officials, particularly in U.S.-run detention centers including at Guantánamo, in Iraq and at ‘black sites’ across the globe,” said CCR Senior Staff Attorney Katherine Gallagher. “The U.S. has further allowed serious international law violations by private military contractors to go unpunished and has not taken the steps necessary to ensure redress for victims of human rights violations, whether committed by U.S. officials or by transnational corporations.”
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