U.S. human rights record comes under scrutiny at United Nations

UNITED NATIONS (15 November 2006) RHC -- A DRAFT resolution entitled "Situation of Democracy and Human Rights in the United States of America" will be introduced in the Third Committee of the UN General Assembly, according to a news release issued in New York at the UN headquarters.

A report covered by Prensa Latina news agency says that the draft resolution is authored by Belarus and has appeared in response to the U.S.-initiated draft on the alleged human rights record in Belarus.

The draft initiated by Belarus focuses on human rights violations in the United States that have been largely scrutinized and publicly criticized by major human rights NGOs, including Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch. The document also addresses concerns raised by various regional organizations over problems with the U.S. electoral system and the now not-so-secret detention centers operated by the CIA around the world.

The UN draft resolution urges the United States to stop violations of human rights and suggests certain recommendations on how to improve its system of human rights protection. Prensa Latina notes that a similar document was introduced by Belarus in the Third Committee of the UN General Assembly, a subsidiary body dealing with human rights, two years ago.

This year's document will be introduced in the Third Committee and further acted upon, including possible voting by member states of the United Nations, before the completion of the Committee's program of work next Wednesday, November 22nd.

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