Posted by Antoine Morris, Civilrights.org
Human and civil rights groups are calling on President Obama to issue an executive order that holds the United States accountable for its human rights commitments.
The order calls for revitalizing an Inter-agency Working Group on Human Rights to serve as a coordinating body for federal agencies and departments as they implement human rights obligations in U.S. domestic policy. It also calls for impact assessments to ensure that regulations and pending legislation are in accordance with U.S. human rights commitments.
The effort is being spearheaded by the Human Rights at Home Campaign, a 50-member coalition of organizations, which includes The Leadership Conference, that is also promoting other goals to make domestic application of human rights principles a priority.
As the American Civil Liberties Union's Jamil Dakwar and Amnesty International's Cristina Finch recently explained in The Huffington Post:
"In addition to being a major symbolic achievement, issuance of an executive order sets forth a definitive plan, displays assertive action and lays the groundwork for the demand that other nations follow our lead."
Revitalizing the Inter-agency Working Group on Human Rights is one of the Human Rights at Home Campaign's four goals. The other three are: