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Human Rights Hearings Held in Arizona This Week

PHOTO: Testimony from Thursday's human-rights hearing in Phoenix will become part of a United Nations review of how well the U.S. complies with an international human-rights treaty. Image courtesy U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness.
PHOTO: Testimony from Thursday's human-rights hearing in Phoenix will become part of a United Nations review of how well the U.S. complies with an international human-rights treaty. Image courtesy U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness.
July 30, 2014

PHOENIX - Testimony gathered at a human-rights hearing Thursday in Phoenix will be included as part of an overall review of U.S. compliance with an international human-rights treaty.

Ejim Dike, executive director of the U.S. Human Rights Network, the group organizing the hearing, said she expects testimony from Native Americans who have suffered long-term health problems from mining on their land, and also from immigrants sharing their experience of entering the United States.

"In some ways, Arizona is the 'belly of the beast' when it comes to bad immigration policy," she said. "So, we really expect that the work in Arizona will focus in on immigration, and the way immigration policy has been implemented to violate the human rights of people."

Dike said testimony from human-rights hearings in Arizona, New Mexico and several other states will be included in a United Nations review of U.S. compliance with what is known as "CERD," the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, next month in Geneva, Switzerland.

Dike said America's treatment of the nearly 60,000 undocumented children who have entered the United States in the past year will likely be under international scrutiny next month. For a nation with a rich history of promoting and protecting human rights, she said she thinks the United States isn't showing leadership in its treatment of children fleeing some of the deadliest places on Earth.

"Not in this case, they have not been doing that," she said. "Starting to deport children back into dangerous situations is not an example of a human rights champion."

Dike said the undocumented children provide an opportunity for the United States to show the rest of the world how it treats innocent victims fleeing street gangs, sexual slavery and other deadly factors in Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala.

The hearing will be held at the Puente Human Rights Movement office, 1937 W. Adams. St., Phoenix. More information on the hearing is online at salsa3.salsalabs.com.

Troy Wilde, Public News Service - AZ