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Resolution 62,841-N.S.
Passed by Berkeley City Council on March 15, 2005

Submitting The Meiklejohn Civil Liberties Institute Report On U.S. Human Rights Violations Since 9/11 To The U.S. State Department, The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, and The UN Human Rights Committee

WHEREAS, the Peace and Justice Commission proposed, and the City Council adopted, the Human Rights Ordinance in 1990, based on the UN Charter articles 55 and 56; and

WHEREAS, the Commission on Peace and Justice proposed, and the City Council in 1993 submitted reports of city agencies to the U.S. State Department and to the UN Human Rights Committee to enforce the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, ratified by the United States in 1992; and

WHEREAS, Ann Fagan Ginger and Ann Wagley represented the Meiklejohn Civil Liberties Institute, a Berkeley center for human rights and peace law, at the UN Human Rights Committee in 1995 in New York, and presented the Berkeley City report to the Committee, which was well received; and

WHEREAS, Meiklejohn Institute has now prepared 180 reports on 30 types of human rights violations by the U.S. Government since 9/11 to submit to the U.S. State Department and to the three UN human rights committees that administer the three human rights treaties ratified by the U.S.; and

WHEREAS, this Report includes copies of the Berkeley Human Rights Ordinance, and the City Council resolutions proposed by the Peace and Justice Commission against the USA PATRIOT Act and against corporate personhood, and for the precautionary principles and for an excess profits tax on contracts during US wars; and

WHEREAS, segments of the Report were published in the Daily Planet from September 10 to October 22, 2004, and the Report will be published in book form on March 30, 2005 for presentation to the public, the U.S. State Department, and the three UN Committees;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the City Council submits a copy of the Report to the U.S. State Department and to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and to the UN Human Rights Committee during its Spring 2005 meeting in New York as one step in upholding the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, the Convention Against Torture, and the Convention on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that a copy of this resolution be sent to Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, Senators Boxer and Feinstein, Representatives Lee and Pelosi, and be made available to interested media and NGOs.

The signatures of the Berkeley City Council
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