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DWN Members Submit Report to United Nations re: Human Rights Violations in US Immigration Detention System

April 20, 2010

via Tara Tidwell Cullen of the National Immigrant Justice Center:

The National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC), along with 25 non-governmental organizations and experts, submitted a report this week to the United Nations documenting how the U.S. immigration enforcement and detention system violates international human rights obligations.  As you’ll read, the report provides concrete recommendations consistent with international human rights standards.  The report includes the following recommendations:

1. End Arbitrary Detention
2. Ensure Due Process for Detained Individuals
3. Provide Humane Conditions in Detention Facilities

The United Nations Human Rights Council will consider this report when it meets this November as part of its first Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of the United States.

Established in 2006, the UPR assesses the compliance of all member states’ human rights obligations and commitments. The UPR offers an opportunity to continue pressuring the U.S. government to comply with those obligations. As a result of this process, NIJC hopes that the U.S. government will take action to reform its policies and practices to comply with international standards.

You can link to and download a PDF of the UPR report here.

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