Forget veterans locked out of memorials built in their honor. Pay no attention to thousands of visitors turned away at National parks. Fret not even over the elderly forced from their own homes. As ‘Professor’ Harold Hill, Gary Conservatory of Music, class of ’05 said, “Ya got trouble. Right here in River City.”
CNSNews.com reports the government shutdown interfered with the plans of some very important people; and they are NOT happy. The United Nations Human Rights Committee was forced to postpone a two day probe and pummel fest centered on U.S. compliance with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR).
Committee chairman, Nigel Rodley, bemoaned the inconvenience of rescheduling their inquiry. Noting hardship imposed on those wanting to air alleged grievances, Rodley said, “The committee was also aware that many members of civil society who had planned to attend the review had been seriously financially disadvantaged by its late cancellation.”
Cause of the shutdown was not lost to the British international law professor, those darned Republicans:
“The political party of Abraham Lincoln that, in fire and blood ended slavery and gave freedom to millions of people of African descent, seemed now to have party members who thought that wealth did not just rhyme with health, but should also determine access to it,” the U.N. record of the meeting cited him as saying.
“To achieve its aim it has brought the government of the United States to a standstill and to the brink of defaulting on its national debt.”
The postponed tribunal had scheduled review of concerns over such issues as “abusive counterterrorism policies” raised by Human Rights Watch, complaints by the Center for Reproductive Rights about “restrictive abortion laws” and “the impact of religious refusal laws on women’s reproductive healthcare,” and Florida ACLU charges of a “disproportionate minority impact of felon disfranchisement.”
Wanting to ensure they leave no stone unthrown when reconvening in March:
The Human Rights Committee is also expected to quiz the U.S. delegation on “stand your ground” laws, gun violence, voter-ID laws, NSA surveillance, drone strikes, “police brutality and excessive use of force” against “undocumented migrants crossing the United States-Mexico border,” and the racial and religious profiling of Arabs, Muslims and South Asians, among other topics.
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Dennis P. O’Neil