Here's the UN Press Release. Does anyone else see several layers of problems here?
Obviously, GITMO discussion is hot/cold/recurring depending on who's in the news. The discussion is valid, but that's not my point, here.
I was thinking of these statements:
"To make matters worse, the new National Defense Authorization Act, signed into law in December 2011, now effectively codifies such indefinite military detention without charge or trial."
"I remind all branches of the US Government of their obligation under (new) international human rights law to ensure that individuals deprived of their liberty can have the lawfulness of their detention reviewed before a court".
"I urge the US Congress to take steps to enable the US Administration to close the Guantanamo Bay detention centre – as it stated it wished to do – in compliance with the Government’s obligations under (new) international human rights law".
What are President Obama and Hillary Clinton doing here? Is it common for the UN to speak to Congress instead of POTUS? Has Obama asked the UN to criticize Congress publicly? Or, does this administration no longer garner any international respect? Did this new codification come about at the request or with the support of our own people because they can't take care of business at home?