If the Obama administration has its way, Arizona’s immigration law will be evaluated by a nation the State Department considers a human rights abuser.
Barack Obama included a reference to the Arizona law in America’s first-ever report to the UN Human Rights Council earlier this month. On November 5, a troika of nations composed of Japan, France, and Cameroon will hear the case against the United States and suggest a plan of action for the administration to follow before its re-evaluation in four years. However, the State Department records that Cameroon is guilty of numerous human rights violations including torture, suppression of the press, child labor, and female genital mutilation.
The State Department’s 2009 Human Rights Report on Cameroon records the African nation’s violent history:
Human rights abuses included security force torture, beatings, and other abuses, particularly of detainees and prisoners. Prison conditions were harsh and life threatening. Authorities arbitrarily arrested and detained citizens advocating secession, local human rights monitors and activists, persons not carrying government-issued identity cards, and other citizens. There were incidents of prolonged and sometimes incommunicado pretrial detention and infringement on privacy rights. The government restricted freedoms of speech, press, assembly, and association, and harassed journalists. The government also impeded freedom of movement. Other problems included widespread official corruption; societal violence and discrimination against women; female genital mutilation (FGM); trafficking in persons, primarily children; and discrimination against indigenous people, including pygmies, and homosexuals. The government restricted worker rights and the activities of independent labor organizations. Child labor, hereditary servitude, and forced labor, including forced child labor, were problems.
The report was drawn up by the State Department’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor.
Arizona Governor Jan Brewer, who learned Obama targeted her state’s law from the internet, has asked Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to remove Arizona’s law from the UN’s overview by striking Paragraph 95 from the report. Earlier today, State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley defended the reference.
Brewer made the request in a letter last Friday. She also challenged Clinton to “compare the immigration laws and records of any United Nations Human Rights Council member commenting on S.B. 1070…to those of the United States and then publish that comparison. I am confident…Arizona will win in any such comparison.”
The State Department has not taken up her challenge. It is clear that the UN Human Rights Council must set its own house in order before condescending to the people of Arizona — and the two-thirds of Americans who support them. No right-minded president would have turned the case over to the United Nations under any circumstances, much less to an Islamic nation guilty of the worst abuses.
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