The now ended "shutdown" of the U.S. federal government may not have disrupted the National Security Agency's spying on the American people, but there does appear to have been one (albeit temporary) benefit. A "review" of the U.S. record on human rights, conducted by the UN Human Rights Committee, and scheduled for yesterday and today, has been pushed back until next March, according to the committee's website:
Please be advised that the review of the USA, which was scheduled to be reviewed during the Human Rights Committee's 109th session, has been postponed until March 2014 (exact dates to be confirmed).
A request for a postponement from the USA was made on 10 October 2013 and accepted by the Committee on the same day. The USA highlights its regret at having to make such a request, which is due to the ongoing government shutdown.
As the far-left Think Progress puts it, the U.S. was to "answer for" our "deficiencies" in human rights, and care to guess what is one of the ways in which we are deemed "deficient" (emphasis added)?
In response to the 188-page report it submitted to the body in 2011, the United States was faced with questions regarding racism within its penal system, the use of targeted killing, and the ubiquity of “stand your ground” laws regarding the use of firearms.
Indeed, this is one of the issues for which we are to submit to UN interrogation (emphasis added):
Please provide information on:
a) the number of victims of gun violence, including in the context of domestic violence, and on steps taken to better protect people against the risks associated with proliferation of firearms. Please also provide information on the applicability of “stand your ground” laws, and whether they provide blanket immunity to persons using force as defined and permitted by such laws
A group of United Nations independent experts today called on the Government of the United States to finalize the ongoing review of the case involving the death of teenager Trayvon Martin, an African –American teenager who was shot in 2012 by a neighbourhood watchman in the state of Florida.
“We call upon the US Government to examine its laws that could have discriminatory impact on African Americans, and to ensure that such laws are in full compliance with the country’s international legal obligations and relevant standards,” said human rights expert Verene Shepherd, who currently heads the UN Working Group of Experts of People of African Descent.
And it gets worse. Not only does the UN assert authority over the self-defense laws of individual U.S. states (authority that the U.S. federal government itself lacks. much to the chagrin of the current administration and Congressional Democrats), but UN Human Rights Committee Chairman Nigel Rodley has taken it upon himself to scold a domestic political party for delaying his precious "review." From the GlobalPost:
The head of a UN watchdog on Monday slammed Republicans over the US government shutdown, after a planned review of the country's rights record became the latest casualty of the budget impasse.
Nigel Rodley, a British expert who chairs the UN Human Rights Committee, lambasted the Republicans for allegedly ripping up their own history as they keep up their battle against President Barack Obama's signature health care law which aims to bridge the insurance gap for Americans.
Rodley has apparently decided to claim authority over not only American self-defense laws, but our health care policies as well. Does Mike Bloomberg have a long lost brother?
As this column noted in the September article on this subject, the UN has little use for the concept of self-defense in general:
It should shock no one that the UN is now asserting authority over self-defense laws in the United States. The UN, after all, has long maintained that there is no fundamental human right to self-defense. That's right--according to the UN, defending your life against a would-be killer might itself be a violation of his human rights.
It is well past time for the U.S. to "stand its ground" against the UN, something that we will never accomplish while the UN holds U.S. ground.
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