ACLU Unimpressed With Obama Human Rights Pledge
Shorter ACLU: Go back and do that again.
Longer ACLU, from Jamil Dakwar, director of the ACLU Human Rights Program:
“While we welcome the Obama administration’s commitment to upholding human rights at home and abroad, we are concerned that the first detailed list of human rights commitments to come from the new administration leaves out several key issues. In order to fully restore its position as a leader on human rights around the world, the U.S. must pledge to promote fair trial standards, end torture and arbitrary and indefinite detention and hold government officials accountable for violating U.S. and international human rights laws. The new administration has already taken steps to break with the Bush administration’s disastrous human rights policies but there is still much more to do, including the domestic implementation of human rights commitments and the creation of effective monitoring and enforcement mechanisms.”