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GENEVA ‘ The American Civil Liberties Union and the U.S. Human Rights Network hosted a panel of people who have been victimized by the U.S. government’s failure to uphold civil and political rights. On Monday, the U.N. Human Rights Committee (HRC) is scheduled to review the United States’ compliance with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), a major international human rights treaty ratified by the United State in 1992.

The ACLU report, Dimming the Beacon of Freedom: U.S. Violations of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, documents the United States record on human rights in five areas: national security, women’s rights, racial justice, immigrants rights and religious freedom.

‘What I am seeking is an acknowledgement that the CIA is responsible for what happened to me, an explanation as to why this happened, and an apology,’ said Khaled El Masri, a victim of extraordinary rendition who spoke on the Voices of Victims panel. ‘It is my hope that the Human Rights Committee will hold the U.S. government accountable for the abuse I have suffered.’

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  • Ozzy Ozman

    I very much support Craig Murray's efforts and in Uzbekistan the most tragic failure of U.S. policy to uphold and promote civil and political rights has been corrupted by(illegal) U.S. financial support for Uzbek cotton production…which continues even now!

    I have personal and political reasons for needing privacy in comments but would like to pass on some information and insights to Ambasador Murray privately. If possible I would like to send this information to a direct e-mail address. Please advise.

    [email protected]

    If provided a "private" e-mail address I will send complete information about this subject which I believe may be most interesting to Ambassador Murray and like minded individuals but which would not be useful at this time to openly post. That could later be done by Mr. Murray should he choose to do so.

    Thank you,

    c/o Absurdistan1

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