While our government does not hesitate to criticize other countries for their human rights violations, it has been derelict in complying with our own human rights commitments.
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Why hasn't the US ratified CEDAW? It's the same reason we're behind on health care reform: there are very powerful lobbies that see CEDAW as a tool for picking their deep pockets.
Advocates and activists should take this opportunity to make their voices heard on the pressing need to implement CERD's mandate to eliminate all forms of discrimination at this crucial turning point in American history.
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