today’s my birthday but also the 60th birthday of the universal declaration of human rights. i would like to celebrate by joining amnesty international in their campaign to protect the human.
i would also like to join amnesty international in urging u.s. president-elect barack obama to make human rights central to his new administration by taking certain concrete steps in his first 100 days in office that would demonstrate a genuine commitment to bringing the united states in line with its international obligations.
COUNTER TERROR WITH JUSTICE: A HUMAN RIGHTS CHALLENGE
in the first 100 days, amnesty international is calling on the new administration to:
1) announce a plan and date to close guantanamo;
2) issue an executive order to ban torture and other ill-treatment, as defined under international law;
3) ensure that an independent commission to investigate abuses committed by the u.s. government in its “war on terror” is set up.