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U.N. applauds U.S. decision to scrap registry for people visiting from terrorist countries


This news story was published on December 29, 2016.
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United Nations

NEW YORK – Two United Nations human rights experts welcomed a decision by the United States to dismantle a national registry program targeting people visiting from countries that are home to active terrorist groups, a program that the experts labelled “discriminatory and ineffective.”

The program, the National Security Entry-Exit Registration System (NSEERS), applied to citizens from 25 countries in the Middle East, South Asia, and North Africa. It led to both racial and religious profiling.

“Effective counterterrorism strategies and legislation should not be based on preconceptions or misunderstandings about the groups that are the most susceptible to radicalization or violent extremism,” announced the UN Special Rapporteurs on, respectively, racism and xenophobia, Mutuma Ruteere, and freedom of religion or belief, Ahmed Shaheed.

Instead, strategies should be based on and developed in accordance with evidence in order to ensure a proper understanding, they said. An evidence-based approach, they emphasized, more effectively targets at-risk communities and also ensures “that entire communities and ethnic or religious groups are not stigmatized or discriminated against.”

“Counter-terrorism measures must not discriminate against non-citizens, in purpose or effect, on the grounds of race, colour, descent, or national or ethnic origin,” emphasized Mr. Ruteere.

“I remain hopeful that the new US administration can learn from the shortcomings of the NSEERS and adopt a non-discriminatory approach to counter-terrorism policies.”

Under the policy, not a single terrorism prosecution has resulted out of the 80,000 Arabs, Muslims, and South Asians who have registered. While deportation proceedings commenced for some 14,000 people, not a single one has been found to have any links with terrorist or otherwise violent activities.

“Discrimination between human beings on the grounds of religion or belief constitutes an affront to human dignity and a disavowal of the principles of the Charter of the United Nations,” declared Mr. Shaheed.

“This kind of discrimination is a violation of the human rights and fundamental freedoms proclaimed in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and described in detail in the International Covenants on Human Rights,” he added.

Special Rapporteurs are part of the Special Procedures of the Human Rights Council. Special Procedures’ experts work on a voluntary basis; they are not UN staff and do not receive a salary for their work. They are independent from any government or organization and serve in their individual capacity.

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9 Responses to U.N. applauds U.S. decision to scrap registry for people visiting from terrorist countries

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    December 31, 2016 at 10:54 am

    Russia and Israel will dispose of the U N – quickly. F the Anti American U N — crap.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    December 31, 2016 at 10:18 am

    Wow. Thanks to this program, 14k people who criminally resided in our country has been reported back to where they belong. What do they mean it has not been effective?

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    December 30, 2016 at 12:45 pm

    Do you know that 23 of IOWA COUNTIES are SANCTUARY and do not cooperate with federal ICE enforcement officials – your tax payer money !

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    December 30, 2016 at 8:39 am

    Traitor obama scrapped it — in 22 days Trumps cabinet will clean it up and make it take effect for the safety of the American citizens. So there U N – Stick it in your homo az.

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    Allen Reply Report comment

    December 30, 2016 at 8:35 am

    Now, who’s idea was this. Let me guess, could it be a terrorist loving muslim who wants change in the U.S.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    December 30, 2016 at 8:35 am

    Obama/Merkel = Traitors to their people and their county – Hang them.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    December 30, 2016 at 8:33 am

    Political correct = Obama/Clinton crime family – This POS muzzy in charge for the next 22 days will probably fire off a few nuke warheads for New Years Eve — Don’t trust him and the liberal demorats controlled by the UN and the New World slavery Order. When Clinton goes on a real trial old obozzos name will start to appear as he was the head cheeze and was party to the clinton crime family.

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      Anonymous Reply Report comment

      December 31, 2016 at 7:34 am

      OK, I don’t agree with everything you say, but this Obama decision is not wise. Any and all steps we can take to screen, vet and verify people before they get into our country (especially from the above mentioned places) is a very good idea. Obama should walk softly on his way out, as DJT has very deep pockets and there is a limit to how much he will forgive and forget. Barack needs to shut up, run along and play golf after Jan. 20th. Of course, I don’t think he will tho. Anyone who thinks Obama has no skeletons to hide should stay tuned and pay attention. As unbelievable as it may be, a lot of very, very shrewd people in our government continue to underestimate Mr. Trump.

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    Anonymous Reply Report comment

    December 30, 2016 at 6:59 am

    If the U.N. is for it, it means it is bad for the U.S.