UN Anti-Torture Watchdog Dismayed at US Failure to Provide Redress for Chicago Police Torture Survivors

By: Monday December 1, 2014 5:18 pm

The United States was criticized by the United Nations Committee Against Torture in its recently released report for failing to provide redress for Chicago Police Department torture survivors. The Committee expressed concern that CPD Commander Jon Burge and other officer had engaged in torture between 1972 and 1991, however, no officer had been convicted for [...]

UN Committee Against Torture Calls Out Chicago Police for Brutality, ‘Excessive Use of Force’

By: Friday November 28, 2014 4:14 pm

Media Alert: Chicagoans Hold Historic Protest Inside UN During Review of US Torture | #WCGtoUN http://t.co/wb5qUzB1Ld pic.twitter.com/ELRWEysDVy— We Charge Genocide (@ChiCopWatch) November 14, 2014 Earlier this month, a US delegation appeared before the committee as all countries that are signatories to the treaty banning torture are supposed to do every four years. Committee members were [...]

UN Committee Against Torture Grills US Delegation Over Record Complying with Treaty Ban

By: Wednesday November 12, 2014 1:12 pm

A United States delegation came before the United Nations Committee Against Torture, as part of the committee’s periodic review of compliance with a treaty prohibiting torture. The delegation indicated publicly that, unlike under President George W. Bush, the government had decided the ban applies to the US Naval Station at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. But the [...]

In Report to UN Committee Against Torture, US Government Touts Division That Doesn’t Really Prosecute Torturers

By: Wednesday October 15, 2014 6:01 pm

The United States government submitted its “periodic report” to the United Nations Committee Against Torture. There are multiple glaring aspects of the government’s report on how it believes it is complying fully with the Convention Against Torture (CAT), however, one part of the report where the government claims to have done what it was supposed [...]

Torture, Racism, Drones & Unlawful Killings: UN Human Rights Committee Releases Report on US Government

By: Thursday March 27, 2014 4:55 pm

The United Nations Human Rights Committee completed its review of the United States’ compliance with a major human rights treaty. It takes issue with the government’s interpretation that the treaty only applies to persons when they are inside the country and also expresses concern with drones, racism, gun violence, excessive use of force by police, [...]

Drone War in Yemen: Three Killed in Latest Strike, UN Report Demands Facts on Civilian Deaths

By: Monday March 3, 2014 11:50 am

While United States leaders lecture Russian President Vladimir Putin on respecting sovereignty and international law by not waging a war of aggression on Ukraine, the sovereignty of Yemen continues to be undermined by US drone strikes. Reportedly, at least one drone strike, the first in over a month, occurred in Yemen early in the morning [...]

Obama’s National Security Advisor Delivers Myth-Addled Speech on Waging War on Syria

By: Monday September 9, 2013 8:07 pm

National security advisor Susan E. Rice was sent by the administration of President Barack Obama to deliver a speech making the case for war on Syria at the New America Foundation, a think tank in Washington, DC. The speech was part of a public relations operation engineered by former Obama administration staffers the president has [...]

Obama Deploys Visceral Videos of Alleged Chemical Attack Victims to Manipulate & Grow Support for Syria War

By: Sunday September 8, 2013 2:55 pm

Struggling to win support for United States military strikes on Syria, the administration of President Barack Obama has launched an information operation on members of Congress and citizens of America, who still refuse to support engaging in an act of war in response to an alleged chemical attack by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. The information [...]

UN Officials & IACHR Condemn US Government for Flagrantly Violating Human Rights at Guantanamo

By: Wednesday May 1, 2013 7:23 pm

The indefinite detention of individuals at Guantanamo Bay prison, “most of whom have not been charged, goes beyond a minimally reasonable period of time” and “constitutes a flagrant violation of international human rights law,” the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) and a United Nations (UN) working group on arbitrary detention stated today. The condemnation also [...]

Obama Calls Israeli Settlements ‘Counterproductive’ But Doesn’t Endorse Settlement Freeze

By: Thursday March 21, 2013 3:40 pm

President Barack Obama, during his visit to Israel, spoke at the Jerusalem Convention Center to Israeli students. It was a typically pragmatic speech, reminding the audience that US will defend the country against those who oppose its “right to exist” while at the same time outlining how Palestinians deserve a state of their own. It [...]

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