Perhaps there is a need to reiterate the basic principle spearheaded by Eleanor Roosevelt, then US Ambassador to the United Nations: The Human Rights conditions of the people of any nation are not the private domain of the government of that nation. Instead, it is the direct concern of the universal human community. Therefore, the proposal, again copied below, suggested that Human Rights organizations in the US define a short list of focused goals, and do their best to present such goals to the international community.
Moreover, based on other nations' submissions to the November 2010 review of Human Rights in the US, that issues that would likely feature most prominently in the November 2010 report by the United Nations are none of those which were highlighted in the proposal, copied below.
Instead - the United Nations Human Rights Council report would most likely focus on the criminal justice system in the United States:
- Unreasonable number of those imprisoned - the US holds 5% of world population, while holding 25% of world's prisoners,
- Conditions in the prisons - California prisons led to the appointment of a Human Rights Overseer even by the US Courts.
- Use of the death penalty, and its excesses,
- The treatment of minorities by the US criminal justice system.
It is a historic first -
The November 2010 Universal Periodic Review of Human Rights in the United States by the Human Rights Council of the United Nations.