On January 21st, President Barack Obama was inaugurated for his second term. In this podcast we look at a range of human rights issues in the United States, and what human rights defenders are calling for in President Obama’s second term.
First we speak with Ejim Dike, Executive Director of the US Human Rights Network, about the Network’s 2012 Human Rights Status Report which highlights current human rights concerns, obligations the US has to address them and organization defending and promoting human rights in the U.S.
We also feature Jamil Dakwar, the director of the Human Rights Program at the American Civil Liberties Union, discussing the reelection of the US to the United Nation’s Human Rights Council, and the need for the US government to uphold human rights at home.
And we conclude with a collage of Network members and partners expressing what they would like to see the Obama administration do to address human rights in this second term. The organizations include; Youth Justice Coalition, Vermont Worker’s Center, Woodhull Sexual Freedom Alliance, Atlanta Public Sector Alliance, Center for the Human Rights of Users and Survivors of Psychiatry, International Indian Treaty Council, Advocates for Environmental Human Rights, the National Law Center of Homelessness and Poverty, and Spark Reproductive Justice Now!