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INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY CONDEMNS U.S., RECOMMENDS END TO POLICE DEADLY FORCE, RACIAL PROFILING AND DEATH PENALTY

September 28, 2015: The United Nations has reviewed the country's human rights record and the international body slammed the U.S. for its racial profiling and use of deadly force, and its implementation of the death penalty.
Of the 343 recommendations made by the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland, the U.S. accepted 44 recommendations for eliminating racial discrimination and addressing excessive use of police force and racial bias in the death penalty. In addition, the U.S. supported another 20 recommendations "in part" and rejected 1 - calling for an independent commission to prosecute racially motivated crimes.
During the peer review process - in which 117 UN member states participated, and each state must undergo every four years - the international community was able to weigh in and offer comments and recommend changes. The panel called on the U.S. - which often characterizes itself as a beacon of human rights and criticizes other nations on their human rights record - to abolish the death penalty, end extrajudicial killings, and protect the human rights of indigenous people and immigrants. The council also urged the U.S. to punish torturers, and close its Guantanamo Bay detention facility in Cuba. The French delegation recommended the U.S. "take necessary measures to fight against discriminatory practices of the police based on ethnic origin."
Meanwhile, Malaysia suggested the U.S. "double its efforts in combating violence and the excessive use of force by law enforcement officers based on racial profiling through training, sensitization and community outreach, as well as ensuring proper investigation and prosecution when cases occur."
The U.S. accepted these peer recommendations, while also explaining its criteria for supporting recommendations. Some recommendations ask us to achieve an ideal, e.g., end discrimination or police brutality, and others request action not entirely within the power of our Federal Executive Branch, e.g., adopt legislation, ratify treaties, or act at the state level," the U.S. wrote in an official response to the review process. "We support or support in part these recommendations when we share their ideals, are making serious efforts to achieve their goals, and intend to continue doing so. Nonetheless, we recognize, realistically, that the United States may never completely accomplish what is described in these recommendations' literal terms."
The U.S. added that, "We support recommendations to take actions we are already taking or have taken, and intend to continue taking, without in any way implying that our ongoing or prior efforts have been unsuccessful or that these actions are necessarily legally required. With respect to judicial remedies, we note that we cannot make commitments regarding, and do not control, the outcome of court proceedings."
Further, the U.S. has very permissive policies on the use of deadly force by police, raising serious human rights questions. "Deadly Force: Police Use of Lethal Force In The United States" - a report released by Amnesty in June 2015 - found that all 50 states and Washington, D.C. fail to comply with international law and standards on the use of deadly force by police. Further, 9 states and Washington, D.C. have no laws on the books regarding the use of lethal force by law enforcement, while 13 states have laws that do not even comply with the lower standards for deadly force set by the U.S. constitutional law.
Some states allow for deadly force to "suppress opposition to an arrest"; to arrest someone for a "suspected felony"; to "suppress a riot or mutiny"; to prevent a prison or jail escape, or for crimes such as burglary. Some states allow private citizens to use lethal force if they are carrying out law enforcement activities.
In recent years, the killing of unarmed Black people by police has received national and international attention, and has spurred the growth of a Black movement against police violence. According to The Counted, a database maintained by The Guardian, 861 people have been killed by police in the U.S. in 2015. Blacks are killed by law enforcement at a rate of 5.1 per million, as opposed to 2.08 for whites and 2.27 for Latinos. (Source: Atlanta Black Star, 28/09/2015)

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IRAN: DEATH SENTENCE COMMUTED TO TWO YEARS' THEOLOGY STUDY
SOMALIA: FORMER AL-SHABAAB FIGHTER EXECUTED IN BAIDOA FOR RAPE CASE
MALAYSIA: IRANIAN WOMAN, MOTHER SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR DRUG TRAFFICKING
INDIA: FIVE MEN SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR 2006 MUMBAI TRAIN BLASTS
PAKISTAN: DEATH ROW CONVICT HANGED IN LAHORE
GEORGIA (USA): KELLY RENEE GISSENDANER EXECUTED
EGYPT: THREE MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD MEMBERS SENTENCED TO DEATH
PAKISTAN: TWO MURDER CONVICTS, INCLUDING A JUVENILE OFFENDER, EXECUTED IN PUNJAB
EGYPT: SINAI MILITANTS' DEATH SENTENCE UPHELD
KENYA: FOUR WHO SHOT AND KILLED UHURU KIN SENTENCED TO DEATH
USA: TEXAS GIVES VIRGINIA LETHAL DRUG FOR EXECUTIONS
VISIT TO THE JOINT SESSION OF THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS - ADDRESS OF THE HOLY FATHER
IN ADDRESS TO CONGRESS, POPE FRANCIS CALLS FOR ABOLITION OF DEATH PENALTY
USA: WHITE HOUSE WON’T WEIGH IN DIRECTLY ON POPE’S CALL FOR END TO DEATH PENALTY
INDIA: TWO SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR MINOR RAPE AND MURDER
EGYPT: PRESIDENT AL SISI PARDONS TWO JAILED AL JAZEERA REPORTERS
PAKISTAN: ONE DEATH ROW CONVICT HANGED IN LAHORE
INDIA-BASED FIRM DOESN'T WANT DRUG USED FOR ARKANSAS EXECUTIONS
PAKISTAN COURT DELAYS PARAPLEGIC'S EXECUTION
SAUDI ARABIA MUST IMMEDIATELY HALT EXECUTION OF CHILDREN – UN RIGHTS EXPERTS URGE
PAKISTAN: TWO SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR PML-N LEADER’S MURDER
PAKISTAN CONFIRMS DEATH SENTENCES FOR NINE MILITANTS LINKED TO TERRORIST ATTACKS
SYRIA: ISIS EXECUTES 10 FOR BEING GAY
IRAN: TWO MEN HANGED IN THE PRISON OF RASHT AND ONE IN PUBLIC IN THE CITY OF ARDESTAN
IRAN: YOUNG PRISONER EXECUTED IN MASHHAD FOR HARASSING WOMAN
JORDAN: CASSATION COURT UPHOLDS DEATH SENTENCE OF MAN FOR KILLING BROTHER-IN-LAW
PAKISTAN: NO MERCY FOR MEN ACCUSED OF BLASPHEMY
SOMALIA: SEVEN SOLDIERS EXECUTED FOR ‘MURDERING CIVILIANS’
KUWAIT: FAKE COP SENTENCED TO DEATH FOR RAPE

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