OUR COMMON GROUND with Janice Graham Saturday, August 14, 2010 Political Prisoners and Human Rights

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US Political Prisoners: A Matter of Human Rights

Saturday, August 14, 2010 10 pm ET

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We need to expand the civil-rights struggle to a higher level—to the level of human rights. Whenever you are in a civil-rights struggle, whether you know it or not, you are confining yourself to the jurisdiction of Uncle Sam. …..But the United Nations has what's known as the charter of human rights; it has a committee that deals in human rights. You may wonder why all of the atrocities that have been committed in Africa and in Hungary and in Asia, and in Latin America are brought before the UN, and the Negro problem is never brought before the UN. This is part of the conspiracy.

– Malcolm X

Earlier this year, Standish Willis, Efia N’wangaza and others submitted a report to the United Nations Human Rights Commission. The US Human Rights Network later this year will be presenting that report to the United Nations Human Rights Commission. Their goal is to outline the string of human rights abuses related to political prisoners and political repression in the United States. This submission was a stakeholders report to the Universal Periodic Review which is a mechanism used by the UN to evaluate member States regarding there adherence (or lack thereof) to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and related treaties. Through this mechanism citizens and NGOs (e.g. stakeholders) are able to participate in this evaluation process.

"Taking the Case of US Political Prisoners to the UN- The Fight for Human Rights On Every Front"

Our Guest: Atty. Efia N’wangaza

She is a member of the US Human Rights Network, an SNCC Veteran, a long-time Black liberation activist, an essential part of the leadership voice of the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement and the Back to Black organization. She is the co-author of the US Human Rights Network's Cluster Report on United States Political Prisoners/State Repression, working to publicize the report, and the issues of political prisoners and human rights violations and need for attention in the United States. Currently she is recruiting more endorsers and calling attention to these issue. She will be making a presentation about the report and the issues of political prisoners in the United States at the United Nations in Geneva on November 5, 2010.

Learn more about the work of the US Human Rights Network: http://www.ushrnetwork.org/

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