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Obama Admin's Report to UN Human Rights Council: We're Sorry for Gitmo

America Culpa, cont.

6:44 PM, Aug 25, 2010 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
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Eli Lake has more on the Obama administration's  29-page report  to the UN Human Rights Council:

The report — which addresses America's history of slavery, discrimination against women, ethnic minorities and gays — sounds in parts like political campaign literature.

For example, in a section about equality for people with disabilities the report states, "President Obama further demonstrated the nation's commitment to continued vigilance and improvement by announcing new regulations that increase accessibility in a variety of contexts and commit the federal government to hiring more persons with disabilities."

The report touts Mr. Obama's new health care and finance reforms, signed into law earlier this year, but also lesser-known pieces of legislation, like the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009, which gives women the right to sue employers if they are paid less than men, as an example of the president's commitment to gender equality.

The review highlights the president's announced commitment to repealing the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy banning open gays in the military; and also what the document calls the "historic summit" in November with nearly 400 Native American tribal leaders. [...]

In some sections, the report is critical of U.S. policies. It discusses the rate of sexual assault in U.S. prisons and the U.S. detention of suspected terrorists at the Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, prison as areas the country is looking to reform.

Read the whole thing.

And read Thomas Joscelyn if you want to know what "The Real Gitmo" is like.

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