UN issues scathing report of US human rights record

The United Nations Human Rights Council has revealed hundreds of major human rights violations in the United States, including police brutality and the racial profiling against minorities and immigrants.

The Geneva-based UN council adopted a scathing report Friday, calling on the US to halt the detention of immigrant families and children, and to probe allegations of torture by the CIA, American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) Human Rights Program Director Jamil Dawar said in a statement on Friday.

The report was part of a process called the Universal Periodic Review (UPR), which examines the human rights record of all 193 UN member states.

Earlier this week, the US was sharply criticized over its human rights record by member of the human rights council. Washington was rebuked for widespread police brutality, racial injustice, detention of prisoners at Guantánamo Bay and the continued use of the death penalty.

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