U.S. offers its human rights record for U.N. review
Also of importance: Universal Periodic ReviewUNITED NATIONS - The United States submitted Friday at the United Nations to unprecedented public scrutiny of its human rights record, drawing censure from friends and rivals for its policies on detention and the death penalty but also praise from allies for its candor and willingness to accept constructive criticism.
A delegation of top officials, led by Assistant Secretary of State Esther Brimmer, gave diplomats at the U.N. Human Rights Council a detailed account of U.S. human rights shortcomings and the Obama administration's efforts to redress them. It marked the first time the United States has subjected its rights record to examination before the Geneva-based council as part of a procedure that requires all states to allow their counterparts to grade their conduct.
I find that this is a show of good faith to participate, even if it means being hypocritically criticised by 'enemies'. Hopefully they were guffawed when they made their statements. They may be less willing to be open and address human rights issued if the UN's leading member did not participate. Improvements here will lead to more effectivity to address improvements there I would hope.