US to UN: We Can Disregard Int'l Human Rights Treaty

A United Nations panel called out the United States’ litany of human rights failures as the U.S. sought to defend its reputation by saying that an international treaty outlining human rights doesn’t apply to its military operations abroad.

The grilling happened Thursday in Geneva during the first of a two-day session held by the 18-member UN Human Rights Committee that looked at the United States’ implementation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) — a U.S.-ratified treaty that bans torture, arbitrary killings and detention, and ensures the right to habeas corpus.

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During the session, the Guardian reported,

Reuters adds that

Yet the U.S. sought to shield itself from criticism, the New York Times reported, by saying that the rights treaty