Monday, December 13, 2010

US accused of human rights abuse

A rights group based in the US state of Arizona has accused the White House of severe human rights violations against immigrants and minorities.

Border Action Network on Monday called on the US government to adhere to human rights laws recognized by the international community. 

The group's executive director, Jennifer Allen, told Iran's official news agency IRNA in an interview that Washington rarely prevents violations against immigrants and minorities in the United States. 

She also accused local and federal US law enforcement agents of violating the rights of legal immigrants and even American citizens. 

Border Action Network is an organization that works with immigrant and border communities to ensure their rights are respected. 

The comments come as Arizona officials grapple with a controversial immigration law introduced by the state's governor, Jan Brewer. 

According to the Arizona law, which took effect on July 29, immigrants in the state will be treated as criminals if they fail to provide proper immigration documents. 

The law also allows law enforcement agents who are not necessarily federal agents to stop suspected people and check their status. 

Supporters argue that the law is intended to be race neutral, but critics believe it will inevitably open the way for racial profiling against Latinos in a state on the Mexican border. 

The law has raised the ire of Latin American countries and has sparked protests in Arizona, especially among the Hispanics and labor activists. 

The United States is home to an estimated 11 million illegal residents, with Hispanics comprising the majority of them.

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