The American system for the protection of human rights emerged with the adoption of the American Declaration of the rights and Duties of Man in 1948. The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) was created in 1959, held it's first meeting in 1960 and has had the support of every US Presidential Administration...until today.
The IACHR is meeting in DC to cover human rights issues cover the Americas, from North to South. The hearings will cover the Trump administration adopting the ban on immigration from six Muslim countries, the US immigration enforcement and detention measures, and the approval of Keystone's Dakota Access Pipeline.
The ACLU testified via livestream on Tuesday.
The IACHR is comprised of all 35 countries that form the Americas, it is an independent body of the Organization of American States. The US is not the only country that will have testimony against it. Mexico, Honduras, Panama, Chile, Bolivia, Guatamala and Nicaragua will be held up before the commission.
The State Department responded by saying, "it is not appropriate for the United States to participate in these hearings while litigation on these matters is ongoing in the US courts." Both the Bush and Obama administrations appeared for hearing on CIA torture, Guantanamo, immigration detention, and prison issues.
This administration needs to step up and show good faith in the future by participating in the process of listening, introspection and change.