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News code: 26728
Published Date: Saturday 5 January 2019 - 12:11:44

US halts cooperation with UN probes into potential human rights violations

 US halts cooperation with UN probes into potential human rights violations
World  - The Trump administration has stopped cooperating with the United Nations to investigate alleged violations of human rights happening domestically.

The US State Department has quietly stopped responding to official complaints from UN special rapporteurs, a group of independent experts who investigate human rights, The Guardian reported on Friday.

There are reportedly at least 13 requests that have been unanswered and the rapporteurs have not received a response to their inquiries since May 7, 2018.

The requests have included potential probes into Trump's policy of separating migrant children from their parents at the US-Mexico border, which caused international uproar before it was reversed.

Felipe González Morales, the UN special rapporteur on the human rights of migrants, said he has approached the Trump administration twice about setting up a formal visit.

Morales wishes to investigate the immigration crisis and sent requests in March and July, which have been unanswered.

"In the absence of an official visit, we cannot publish a country report to be presented to the UN human rights council," he told The Guardian.

Other inquiries from the UN group regarded death threats to a Seattle transgender activist and allegations of anti-gay bias in the death sentence of a South Dakota prisoner.

Leilani Farha, the UN expert on adequate housing, told the outlet that she made five official complaints to the Obama administration since her appointment in 2014.

Each one of those complaints received "timely, thoughtful and constructive responses, even if we continued to disagree."

"This suggests the US has abandoned even the most rudimentary forms of human rights accountability, and a whittling away of access to justice for those in the US whose human rights may have been violated," Farha said. "It also demonstrates a rather inappropriate arrogance, at a time when human rights in the US are particularly fragile."

The State Department declined to comment to The Guardian about why it was no longer responding to requests from UN experts.

Trump has also not invited UN officials to monitor alleged human rights abuses inside the US, The Guardian noted.



News Code: 26728
Published Date: Saturday 5 January 2019 - 12:11:44
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