Not only us, United States citizens and residents, suffer the consequences. The evidence shows the key role of the US judiciary in undermining honest banking regulation in the US - key cause of the current crisis, which inflicted harm on workers and investors world wide.
Therefore, the international community must be seen as a stakeholder in conditions of the US justice system. Disintegration of US government frameworks poses risks to world peace and welfare that cannot even be assessed.
This year, 2010, the United Nations is scheduled to perform a historic first - review (UPR) of Human Rights in the United States, and conditions of the US justice system are going to be central to the review. Therefore, our main efforts should be focused on increasing international awareness of the crisis in the US justice system.
Zena,through OAK, filed and important report with the UN in that regard - focusing on intimidation of attorneys who represent individuals in efforts to protect rights - that was before the latest US Supreme Court ruling affirming that such representation could absurdly be deemed criminal conduct. Human Rights Alert filed a report that focused on the alleged large-scale fraud in the US Courts computerized case management system. The claims are now up for review by international professionals.
I am not sure if whistle blower organizations filed a UPR report on the fate of whistle blowers in the United States, but that is a central feature of the corruption of the courts as well - whistle blowers end up in prison and/or are driven to seek refuse outside the United States.
A. JULY-NOVEMBER 2010: LOBBYING NATIONS IN RE - NOVEMBER 2010 REVIEW OF THE US BY THE UN The focus of our efforts should be on lobbying the nations that sit on the Human Rights Council and will conduct review of the United States justice system in November 2010, as part of the UPR (Universal Periodic Review).
The Urban Justice Center complied a list of nations,which had already raised questions regarding Human Rights conditions in the US pertaining to specific issues (e.g. - women's, minorities' rights, death penalty, etc) as part of the 2010 US UPR:
6. Czech Republic
16. United Kingdom
In effort to focus lobbying efforts, Human Rights Alert extracted f rom the list produced by the Urban Justice Center, copied above, the following nations, as those, whose opinions the US government would not be able to easily dismiss: 1. Canada
2. Czech Republic
8. United Kingdom
In addition, Human Rights Alert recommended that the following nations should be added to such list: 1. France - as a major EU nation
2. China - a major stakeholder in integrity, or lack thereof in the US banking system.
3. Venezuela - Government Ombudsman Gabriela del Mar Ramirez Perez is the current Secretary of the Network of the NHRIs of the Americas.
Efforts should be made to communicate with Human Rights organizations of these nations, and gain their support in lobbying their governments. Likewise, efforts should be made to identify persons of authority and influence among these nations, who are sympathetic to the cause of Human Rights.
It is a historic opportunity - the first ever international review of the US justice system. The time is short - from now to November 2010. We must focus on such efforts. The airline employees and retirees may be uniquely positioned to help in such efforts, through their knowledge of languages, countries, and people.
B. NOVEMBER 2010: PROPOSED KEY DEFICIENCIES TO BE INCLUDED IN THE UN UPR REPORT ON THE US Let's focus on defining the key deficiencies in the US justice system that we all agree should be listed in the report. The following three key issued are proposed for discussion:
1) Due Process in review, and prosecution - if necessary, of the people's complaints of judicial and public corruption, including, but not limited to effective whistle blower protection
2) Public review of integrity of the computers of the courts and prisons in the United States.
3) An end to the intimidation and persecution of attorneys who represent individuals in protecting Constitutional, Civil, and Human Rights.
C. NOVEMBER 2010: PROPOSED MILESTONES FOR THE UN UPR REPORT ON THE UNITED STATES: Furthermore, we should proposed concrete, easily monitored milestones, which the United Nations should ask the United States to achieve between 2010 and the next review - in 2014, on each of these matters.
For example: Proposed milestones in re: Key Deficiencies in integrity of computers of the justice system:
2) (a) May 2011: Establishment of a public process, for acceptance and review of peoples complaints on the matter.
2) (b) November 2011: Report including recommendations for review procedures of existing systems, and procedures to be applied to any new systems prior to implementation.
2) (c) May 2012: Initiation of review of existing systems through well defined, publicly and legally accountable procedures.
2) (d) November 2012: Establishment by law and/or regulations procedures pertaining to review of new systems prior to implementation.
2) (e) May 2012: Report and recommendations from process initiated in 2(c), above.
2) (f) May 2013:
D. 2010-2014: MONITORING BY US AND INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS GROUPS OF US PROGRESS After November 2010, and in anticipation of the 2014 UPR, we should all unite in lobbying US agencies to honestly work to achieve the milestones, and in monitoring actual progress of the United States in achieving such milestones.
Your input on these matters would be greatly appreciated.
Joseph Zernik, PhD Human Rights Alert (HRA), NGO
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