The U.S. Universal Periodic Review: Flawed from the Start

The latest U.S. report to the United Nations Human Rights Council will likely be a painful and embarrassing process made possible by the administration’s decision to elevate and legitimize that deeply flawed body. Fundamental reform of the council, particularly establishing strong membership criteria, should be the principle objective of the Obama administration’s agenda for the council. Failure to achieve these reforms in the upcoming 2011 review would serve as a stark reminder of the necessity of creating an alternative arbiter of international human rights outside of the U.N. system.

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