United States Is Guilty Of Continued Human Rights Violations And Systematic Racial Discrimination

The United Nation has issued a report condemning the US for its human rights violations which mostly focuses on violations of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, to which the country is a party. It mentions 25 human rights issues in which the country has failed.

This report focused on Guantanamo, NSA surveillance, accountability for human rights violations, drone strikes, racism in the prison system, racial profiling, police violence, and criminalisation of the homeless.

According to the UN, the CIA tortured people in secret prisons around the world known as “black sites.” Torture was sanctioned from the top down. Then-President George W. Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney and the top-level government officials played roles in crafting nifty ways to justify, approve and implement the use of torture.

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In another blow against human rights, the UN criticised the unequal number of racial and ethnic minorities continuing to flood the criminal-justice system. Near 3.1 per cent of African-American men and 1.3 per cent of Latino men are behind bars, compared to just 0.5 per cent of white men, an imbalance that may contribute to the stigma minorities can face in employment, housing, public benefits, and even voting rights.

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“Whites, African Americans, and Latinos have comparable rates of drug use, but are arrested and prosecuted for drug offenses at vastly different rates. African Americans are arrested for drug offenses, including possession, at three times the rate of white men,” the Human Right reported.

According to Amnesty International, between 2001 and 2013 in the US, there were 540 deaths from police using stun guns against unarmed people who did not pose any threat. The examination of FBI data of police-involved deaths found that black men between 15-19 years old are 20 times more likely to be killed by police than their white counterparts, even when adjusting for crime rates.

The United States’ prison system has always been accused of using the death penalty, solitary confinement, and long-term juvenile incarceration.

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The Burge torture in Chicago refers to a Police Commander Jon Burge who tortured over 100 black men from the 1970s to 1990s, using electric shock, head bagging, mock executions and radiator burning.

The Human Rights Watch warned: “Solitary confinement provokes serious mental and physical health problems, and undermines teenagers’ rehabilitation,” adding, “almost every minor serving a life sentence had reported physical or sexual abuse by inmates or corrections officers.”

In a hearing of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, former Guantanamo detainee Djamel Ameziane prepared a written statement saying he was detained for 11 years, faced prolonged incommunicado detention, multiple forms of torture, and never received a judicial determination regarding the legality of his detention, the report quoted Al Jazeera website as saying.

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