U.N. Committee Criticizes U.S. Record on Human Rights
The U.N. Human Rights Committee has issued a wide-ranging report criticizing the human rights record of the United States. The report assessed U.S. compliance with a key human rights treaty and found it lacking in more than two dozen areas. Issues of concern included the Obama administration’s drone program, National Security Agency spying, the death penalty, detention of homeless people and immigrants, life sentences imposed on juveniles, racial profiling and police brutality. The committee called for closing Guantánamo, releasing the Senate Intelligence Committee report on the George W. Bush administration’s torture and rendition program, and prosecuting those involved in torturing prisoners.
Texas Executes 4th Prisoner This Year; Judge Orders Disclosure of Drug’s New Supplier
Texas has executed its fourth prisoner this year. Anthony Doyle was pronounced dead 25 minutes after being injected with pentobarbital from a compounding pharmacy. His execution came hours after a state judge ordered prison officials to disclose the name of the state’s new supplier of pentobarbital to attorneys for two prisoners set for execution next month. The ruling came a day after an Oklahoma judge struck down that state’s law hiding information about execution drugs. An Amnesty International report Thursday ranked the United States fifth worldwide in the number of executions it carries out, after China, Iran, Iraq and Saudi Arabia.