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NCJ Number: 70146 Find in a Library
Title: International Jurists Visit With Human Rights Petitioners in the United States - Report and Findings, August 3-20, 1979
Corporate Author: National Moratorium on Prison Construction
United States of America
Date Published: 1979
Page Count: 48
Sponsoring Agency: National Moratorium on Prison Construction
Washington, DC 20003
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Findings are reported from a delegation of international jurists' investigation into claims of United States criminal justice human rights violations filed with the United Nations Commission on Human Rights.
Abstract: On December 11, 1978, three United States organizations filed a petition with the United Nations Commission on Human Rights Sub-Commission on Prevention of Discrimination and Protection of Minorities. The petition alleged a consistent pattern of gross and reliably attested violations of human rights and fundamental freedoms of certain classes of prisoners in the United States because of their race, economic status, and political beliefs. Eight international jurists came to the United States during August 3 - 20, 1979, to review the allegations of the petition, the documentation of those allegations, and the relevancy of United Nations resolutions to the conditions found. The jurists attended seminars and visited with prisoners, human rights activists and lawyers, elected officials, and officials of the Department of State and Justice to make an independent determination of the reliability of the petitioner's allegations. The delegation concluded that the petitioners have made a 'credible, reasoned, and temperately presented case.' The delegation found that a prima-facie case has been made that there exists in the United States today a consistent pattern of gross violations of human and legal rights of minorities, including policies of racial discrimination and segregation. The findings discuss categories of political prisoners, abuse of criminal processes, sentencing, prison conditions, appellate remedies, Native Americans, and the proposed conversion of New York's olympic dormitory facilities to a prison. The format of the orientation seminar and the jurists' itinerary are provided.
Index Term(s): Appeal procedures; Human rights violations; Minorities; Political offenders; Prisoner's rights; Racial discrimination; Sentencing/Sanctions; United Nations (UN); United States of America
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