US defends record before top UN human rights body

The United States heard widespread concern Monday over excessive use of force by law-enforcement officials against minorities as it faced the UN’s main human rights body for a review of its record. Washington also faced calls to work toward abolishing the death penalty, push ahead with closing the Guantanamo Bay detention center and ensure effective safeguards against abuses of Internet surveillance. Its appearance before the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva is the second review of the US rights record, following the first in 2010. A string of countries ranging from Malaysia to Mexico pressed the US to redouble efforts to prevent police using excessive force against minorities.



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