Confronting racism in the US: are civil rights enough?

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A UN committee has recommended that the United States set up a national human rights institution. But why are US government officials resisting the idea?

UN committee’s call last fall for the United States to create an independentnational human rights institution (NHRI) has taken on new meaning in the wake of recent police violence and increasing social protest. The committee’s focus was on the international convention against racial discrimination, which the United States ratified in 1994. Their argument, supported by the non-governmental US Human Rights Network, was that the American civil rights framework is insufficient to confront racism.

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Authored by Sonia Cardenas. Ms. Cardenas is a Professor of Political Science and Associate Academic Dean at Trinity College in Hartford, CT.  She is the author of Chains of Justice: The Global Rise of State Institutions for Human Rights.

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