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July 14, 2006

Human Rights First to Brief United Nations Human Rights Committee

WHAT: Human Rights First’s international legal director, Gabor Rona, will be in Geneva this week ahead of U.S. testimony before the Human Rights Committee, a body of international legal experts established by the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, a treaty the United States ratified in 1992. Rona will also brief the Committee.

WHEN: Human Rights Committee Sessions: July 14 – July 18, 2006
Gabor Rona briefing: July 14 and 18.
U.S. delegation testimony: July 17 and 18

DETAILS: HRF submitted a report to the Committee urging it to focus on U.S. compliance with the treaty’s prohibitions against arbitrary detention and cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment. HRF also asked the Committee to question the U.S. delegation about accountability measures relating to abuses committed by U.S. personnel and the means available for detainees to challenge the basis of their detention. HRF’s submission to the Committee is available at http://www.humanrightsfirst.info/wp-content/uploads/pdf/06705-hrf-hrc-final2.pdf.

HRF spokespeople are available for interviews:

In Geneva: Gabor Rona, HRF International Legal Director - expert on international human rights and humanitarian law (the law of war). 

In New York: Angelina Fisher, HRF Arthur Helton Fellow - expert on U.S. and international law related to counterterrorism operations.