While President Obama told the country to “look forward, not backward” when it came to Bush’s torture program, the United Nations has taken a different route. Recently, the U.N. Human Rights Committeeissued a report excoriating the United States for its human rights violations. It focuses on violations of theInternational Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, to which the country is party.
Prisoners at the infamous Angola, a 17,000-acre former slave plantation that serves as the Louisiana State Penitentiary, return from a long day’s work in the fields, their white overseer spurring on the marching Black men.
The report mentions 25 human rights issues where the United States is failing. This piece will focus on a few of those issues – Guantanamo, NSA surveillance, accountability for Bush-era human rights violations, drone strikes, racism in the prison system, racial profiling, police violence and criminalization of the homeless