University of Arizona law professor defends United Nations criticism of new laws

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- An Arizona law professor working with the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, is defending his position, this week, on Arizona's new laws regarding immigration and ethnic studies in public schools.

James Anaya, is a professor of Human Rights Law and Policy at the university. He's also a member of a six person panel, appointed by the U.N., that issued a statement last Monday in Geneva.

In the statement, the team criticizes Arizona's new crackdown on illegal immigration and a new law targeting the ethnic studies program at Tucson Unified School District. It calls the new laws a "disturbing pattern of legislative activity hostile to ethnic minorities and immigrants."

Anaya's primary role as UN Special Rapporteur is to monitor human rights conditions around the world. When questioned about other nations' view of Arizona, Anaya described it as "very negative."...

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Robert Kessler - 5/29/2010

Goodness gracious. Does the U.N. have any credibility whatsoever when it comes to issues of human rights? Iran is now on the council to protect women's rights. The U.N. has utterly failed it's charter.