In June and July 2006, the U.N. Human Rights Committee received shadow reports
from several U.S. human rights groups in advance of its mid-July meeting in Geneva. The U.N. Human Rights Committee has just issued summary observations
in response. Among its recommendations:
- The U.S. government should end its practice of sentencing children to life without parole.
- The U.S. government should acknowledge and end racial disparities in law enforcement, prosecution, and sentencing.
- Given these racial disparities, the U.S. government should not deny voting rights to the 5 million ex-convicts currently living lawfully within the United States.
- In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, the U.S. government should make a more serious effort to provide equal access to housing, health care, and education.
- The U.S. government should take more seriously the grave privacy and due process concerns raised by the "war on terror."