Human Rights Now,
Amnesty International's blog, yesterday described its involvement in the Universal
Periodic Review of the United States conducted by the UN Human Rights Council. Although non-governmental organizations such
as AI are not allowed to speak during the review, they are encouraged to file
written reports outlining their concerns with a reviewee's human rights record.
Prominently figured in AI's report was a recommendation of a U.S. moratorium on
the death penalty as a step towards ultimate abolition. Additional
recommendations addressed the closure of the Guantanamo Bay detention facility,
police brutality, and migrant rights.
According to Human
Rights Now, the results of the U.S.'s Universal Periodic Review was scheduled
to be released yesterday. Formal
adoption by the UN Human Rights Council will take place in the spring of 2011.
Read the Amnesty International piece at Human Rights Now