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Rita Maran

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International Human Rights in the U.S.: A Critique

Rita Maran examines Amnesty International’s (AI) campaign on the United States, which takes aim at the deep-seated, widespread pattern of human rights violations in the U.S.: police brutality and the prison system’s widespread pattern of physical and sexual violence, as well as the racially biased and arbitrary application of the death penalty. She also outlines the salient human rights mechanisms and procedures of the United Nations system as they relate to AI and to the United States, as well as the pertinent U.S. human rights policies, practices, and formal obligations.

prison conditions, death penalty, human rights, politics [practical] — Amnesty International, United Nations — human rights

Citation: Social Justice Vol. 26, No. 1 (1999): 49-71