Human Rights Policy and Nonprofit Organizational Development

UN Special Rapporteur on HR and Counter-Terrorism Watching US

In Policy Blog on March 12, 2009 at 3:45 pm

The United Nations’ Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights while countering terrorism was appointed in April 2005 for a preliminary term of three years.  Rapporteur Martin Scheinin has been especially strong in statements on the use of intelligence.  I think it’s worth noting that gender was a specific part of the Special Procedure’s mandate, given the ongoing Gender Equity Architecture Reform (GEAR) process in which civil society is currently engaged.

The news is that on Tuesday the Rapporteur announced a global investigation into secret detention to the UN Human Rights Council, and promised not to ease scrutiny on the US.  We can only hope that the in this new phase of internationalism under the Obama administration, the US will take UN recommendations seriously.

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