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Al muro and human rights

Greg Harman
gharman@sacurrent.com

Sure The Wall is on the ropes in more ways than one here in Texas, and a lot rides on the presidential election now underway. However, the Homeland Security endeavor is far from dead.

So hereís your reminder to tune in for what is sure to be an interesting discussion on the topic tomorrow.

A collection of students and teachers up in Austin have been granted several hearings before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights to voice their complaints in D.C.

From the press release:

The October hearings granted to the University of Texas will address crucial international human rights developments in the United States and Latin America.

At the unprecedented hearing on human rights concerns in Texas, the University of Texas delegation will argue that the construction of a wall along the Texas/Mexico border has not only engendered widespread opposition while remaining ineffective in fulfilling immigration control and anti-terrorism objectives, but also violates international human rights law.

The hearing marks the first time that the U.S. has been called to defend, in an international forum, the decision to construct a border wall on the Texas/Mexico border. A delegation of almost 10 faculty and students from The University of Texas will attend the hearing on the border wall.

The inequities of the Border Wall arenít the only federal offenses sticking in the UT coalitionís craw.

Here is the full set of scheduled hearings (times are Eastern, btw):

Texas/Mexico Border Wall
Oct. 22, 4:30-5:30 p.m.

Inefficacy of labor justice for rural workers in Guatemala
Oct. 22, 3:15-4:15 p.m.

Racial discrimination and access to justice for Afro-descendants in Colombia
Oct. 23, 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Lack of Due Process in the Enforcement of U.S. Immigrant Detention and Deportation Policies
Oct. 28, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, a body within the Organization of American States, monitors the compliance by member States (Yes, this includes the not-always-so-law-abiding international behavior of the U.S.) with human rights issues.

Audio recordings and some live-streaming video of public hearings will be available on the Commissionís website.

Posted by gharman on 10/22/2008 2:27:54 PM
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