UN Criticizes U.S. for Violating Torture Treaty

The United Nations Committee Against Torture deeply criticized the U.S.
UN HAVE GOT BALLS? The United Nations Committee Against Torture deeply criticized the U.S. for its responses and investigations — or lack thereof — into counter-terrorism methods, police brutality, immigration policies, sexual assault in the military and other “subjects of concern” that involves numerous human rights violations, including torture, ill-treatment and enforced disappearance of persons suspected of involvement in terrorism-related crimes.

By The Associated Press,

A U.N. panel has concluded that the United States falls short of full compliance with an international anti-torture treaty.

The report by the U.N. Committee Against Torture cites police brutality, military interrogations, maximum security prisons, illegal migrants and solitary confinement among areas of concern.

Alessio Bruni of Italy, one of the panel’s chief investigators, told reporters Friday in Geneva “there are numerous areas in which certain things should be changed for the United States to comply fully.”

The U.N. Convention Against Torture took effect in 1987, and the United States ratified it in 1994.

The U.N. committee’s 10 independent experts are responsible for reviewing the records of all 156 U.N. member countries that have ratified the treaty against torture and all “cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.”