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Obama Submits Human Rights Review of the United States to UN

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The Obama Administration made public its first-ever report to the United Nations Human Rights Council detailing the condition of human rights in America and subjecting our nation to criticism from countries like Iran, Cuba, China and others. According to the report, the United States violates human rights because of high unemployment rates, hate crimes, poverty, poor housing, lack of access to health care, and discriminatory hiring practices affecting Blacks, Latinos, Muslims, South Asians, Native Americans, and homosexuals. The report also discusses the rate of sexual assault in U.S. prisons and the detention of suspected terrorists at Guantanamo Bay.


The report discusses Obama's new healthcare and financial industry reforms, and the Lily Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009, which gives women the right to sue employers if they are paid less than men are. Obama also announced his commitment to repeal the military's so-called "don't ask, don't tell" policy. The report also discusses new regulations that increase accessibility for people with disabilities.


The report says that it welcomes "observations and recommendations" from concerned members of the U.N. Human Rights Council, which includes countries such as North Korea, Saudi Arabia and Libya. President Obama is hoping these foreign nations "can help us on the road to a more perfect union." The administration went on to say that "Although we have made great strides, work remains to meet our goal of ensuring equality before the law for all."


Mathew Staver, Founder of Liberty Counsel and Dean of Liberty University School of Law, commented: "The presidency of Barack Obama will be remembered as one that sought to humiliate America by prostrating it before some of the worst human rights violators in the world. To ask North Korea to help America 'form a more perfect union' is insane."



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