by Steven Groves, Brett D. Schaefer
The Heritage Foundation
March 11, 2014
On March 13-14, a U.S. delegation will defend America’s human rights record before the Human Rights Committee (HRC), the treaty body that monitors compliance with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR). The delegation should expect harsh criticism from the HRC, whose members regularly accuse America of committing gross violations of human rights. As acknowledged in its report to the HRC, America’s human rights record, while imperfect, is far superior to the records of the vast majority of other ICCPR state parties. The delegation should not be shy in refuting spurious criticism or rejecting recommendations that lie outside of the HRC’s purview, run afoul of U.S. constitutional rights, or infringe on the U.S. federal system of government.