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UN TELLS AMERICAN INDIANS THEY MIGHT HAVE SOME INPUT ON US HUMAN RIGHTS REPORT, MAYBE, IN FOUR MORE YEARS
Back in late August the Obama Administration submitted a report in response to a 2006 United Nations directive that all of its member nations submit reports every four years on the state of human rights within their borders. The document will formerly be submitted in November.
Defenders Online reports that the ACLU praised the report for “correctly acknowledging the need for improvement in several key areas, including racial justice, women’s rights, LGBT rights and discrimination against Muslims and Americans of South Asian and Arab descent.” But it went on to assert that it failed to present “a full picture of the state of human rights in the U.S., [and] neglects to address other key areas … including felon disenfranchisement, inhuman prison conditions, racial disparities in the death penalty system and deaths and abuse in immigration detention.”
The report is pretty lame. Basically, It is a summary of Obama administration programs, initiatives and plans.
But there is more.
Native Americans who say they were either uninformed about the process and their right to comment, or who were just ignored have now been told by the U.N. they’ll have to wait another four years to have any say…if then.
Consequently you could say the report and the process are just one more human rights abuse.
The following is from Censored News: Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights News Publisher.
UN: TOO LATE TO COMMENT ON US HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES
Native Americans who were never informed, or ignored, will have to wait another four years to report US human rights abuses to UN in Periodic Report
By Brenda Norrell
Photo: Navajos remember the 1979 Church Rock NM uranium spill and legacy of death from uranium mining on Navajo Nation. Photo 2010: Garrett Brennan Stewart, Navajo.
The United Nations Human Rights Council says it is too late to comment on the United States’ human rights record, as presented in the US State Department’s Periodic Review.
In a response today to Censored News, the UN says the deadline has passed. All of those Native American individuals and organizations, who were never informed, or who were ignored in the Listening Sessions in the final report, will have no chance to offer testimony on US human rights abuses.
This reveals that the process, undertaken by the US State Department, was a human rights abuse in itself.
The next report will be in four years.
Although the US State Department held “Listening Sessions,” around the country, almost all of the Native American testimony was ignored in the final 29-page Universal Periodic Review Report to the UN.
The US State Department held a Listening Conference in Window Rock, Arizona, on the Navajo Nation. However, in its final report, there is no mention of Navajos, Navajo deaths from uranium mining, respiratory diseases resulting from decades of coal mining and power plants on the Navajo Nation,or the relocation of 14,000 Navajos from their homes to make way for Peabody Coal mining on Black Mesa.
Some important statements were included in a separate human rights report. Those organizations connected with the US Human Rights Network were able to submit statements as members of the “civil society” in a 423-page report.
However, other Native people were either never informed, or ignored in the Listening Conferences. Indigenous Peoples at the southern and northern borders, struggling for their rights of passage, battling Border Patrol abuse, and the human rights abuses carried out by their own elected tribal governments, are among those who were left out of the process.
The US State Department’s watered-down summaries of those Listening Conferences, which are posted online but not included in the final report, are a dismal effort that ignores key names and issues. These summaries expose the United States’ lack of concern with the human rights of Native Americans in the US.
—Brenda Norrell, Censored News