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U.S. out of Human Rights debate due to shutdown

GENEVA – Monday at the 109th meeting of the United Nations Human Rights Committee, the United States was forced sit out the proceedings until at least March due to the federal government shutdown.

According to a news release Monday, a request for a postponement from the USA was made on October 10th and accepted by the Committee on the same day. The USA highlights its regret at having to make such a request, which is due to the ongoing government shutdown.

The Committee and the Secretariat regret the inconvenience this will cause, in particular to members of civil society who had made arrangements to attend and participate in the meetings.

FYI instead of the USA review, the Committee will continue its consideration of its draft general comment on article 9, of the ICCPR (liberty and security of person), during the afternoon of Thursday 17th October and the morning of Friday 18th, in the ground floor conference room of Palais Wilson.

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