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U.S. Government is an Unprecendented No Show at Human Rights Hearing

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Published March 26, 2017 WASHINGTON – At the headquarters of the Organization of American States (OAS) on Tuesday, March 21st, 2017 participants and independent members alike deeply regretted the troubling and unprecedented lack of appearance of the United States at a hearing convened by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) in Washington D.C. The hearing focused on President Donald Trump’s recent Executive Orders and their impacts on human rights in the U.S. Until this hearing, sources indicate that for at least the last 8 year the U.S. had not missed a hearing of IACHR, a principal, independent body of the OAS.
As this was a regular session of the IACHR, the U.S. was not the only country expected to participate in the hearings scheduled from March 15-22. The IACHR also reviewed human rights situations in Mexico, Honduras, Panama, Chile, Bolivia, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Peru, and Argentina. Other countries like Columbia, Cuba, and El Salvador also faced scrutiny on Tuesday while situations in Brazil, Guyana, and Venezuela were reviewed Wednesday.
The International Indian Treaty Council (IITC) was among six organizations selected to testify on the impacts of Trump’s Executive Orders. Testimony by the selected organizations covered the administration’s attempt to ban immigration from six predominantly Muslim countries; its immigration enforcement and detention policies; and its push to fast-track infrastructure projects. IITC presented testimony focusing on the President’s Executive Order of January 24, 2017 “Expediting Environmental Reviews and Approvals for High Priority Infrastructure Projects.” The expressed intent of this Order is to “streamline and expedite, environmental reviews and approvals for all infrastructure projects,” including pipelines.
See full story at: https://nativenewsonline.net/currents/u-s-government-unprecedented-no-show-human-rights-hearing/
Note: The author of the article, Roberto Múkaro Borrero, is also a Board member of the Tribal Link Foundation. 
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