US conform to world human rights standards

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Continually, the US has attracted world attention to its regressive human and
civil rights practices.  International Convention of Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), a treaty
which rates all nations on their compliance with international norms, has
called attention to the racial biases in the death penalty, the treatment of
prisoners in Guantanamo Bay, torture of prisoners, Bush administration
policies of rendition and charges of spying on domestic citizens.  World opinion mirrors this criticism.  The US is increasingly seen as a nation which tolerates torture, racism and other forms of discrimination, as well as being one of the few industrialized countries which still allows the death penalty.  I call on Congress and the President to assure the world that we will in the future conform to civilized standards of human and civil rights.