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On Human Rights, UN Committee Gives US Low Grades for Surveillance, Detention at Guantanamo


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Surprised? We've known about this for years. Before Gitmo, we already knew that human rights violations aren't unusual in our vast prison system. To my knowledge, we don't have a clear idea of what "human rights" means, and we don't agree with the standards of the UN's UDHR. For example, the UDHR states that all people (even the jobless poor) have fundamental human rights to food and shelter. America disagrees,and ended actual welfare aid in the 1990s. It has been virtual open season on our homeless poor for years, as they've been beaten, even killed, by police and citizens alike. The majority of those in prison are poor.