Senate Subcommittee Hearing on U.S. Implementation of Human Rights Treaties

December 9, 2009

This will be the first-ever Congressional hearing on U.S. implementation of its human rights treaty obligations. The hearing will focus on the U.S. government’s implementation of human rights treaties to which it is a party, including the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, the Convention on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, the Convention Against Torture, the Genocide Convention, the Refugee Protocol, the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on Children in Armed Conflict, and the Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on Child Prostitution. This hearing will examine what the U.S. government is doing and what more it could do to fulfill its treaty obligations to protect and promote human rights.

Witnesses will include:

· Thomas E. Perez, Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division, U.S. Department of Justice

· Michael H. Posner, Assistant Secretary for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor, U.S. Department of State

· Wade Henderson, President and Chief Executive Officer, Leadership Conference on Civil Rights

· Elisa Massimino, President and Chief Executive Officer, Human Rights First

The hearing is open to the public.

For more information, please visit this Senate webage.