State Department officials originally thought the administration would renominate Gay McDougall, the current U. The Trump administration will not nominate anyone to serve on a United Nations committee on racism, the latest sign of a U. A State Department official said the White House intervened to prevent the expected renomination of a human rights lawyer chosen by former President Barack Obama for the member U.
The area the group lives in is known as the Uighur Autonomous Region. A report by the UN indicated that over the past few years, Uighurs have faced a brutal crackdown from the Chinese government. She also said baseless police profiling of Muslims is rampant.
From toshe served as an Independent Expert on the UN treaty body that oversees compliance with the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, a committee to which she recently re-elected for a second term. As Special Rapporteur on the issue of systematic rape and sexual slavery practices in armed conflict when she served on the UN Sub-Commission on Promotion and Protection of Human Rights toMcDougall led that body in calling for international legal standards for the prosecution of such acts. In that capacity, she worked with South African lawyers to secure the release of thousands of political prisoners.
A State Department official told Politico that the White House intervened to stop the expected renomination of a human rights lawyer selected by Barack Obama to the member UN panel. As a result, the U. Gay McDougall, who has served on the committee sincewas informed by State Department officials that she would be renominated before the White House abruptly scrapped the plan without providing an explanation, according to the report.
She has been a leader on human rights within the United Nations for more than three decades, holding several important positions, including as the first UN independent expert on minority issues. She also was special rapporteur on the issue of systematic rape and sexual slavery practices in armed conflict for the UN Sub-Commission on Promotion and Protection of Human Rights from to, and played a leadership role in the UN Third World Conference against Racism. Prior to that appointment, she served for 15 years as director of the Southern Africa Project of the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, working closely with South African lawyers to secure the release of thousands of political prisoners from jail.
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This version of Aug. Gay McDougall, a member of the U. China has said that Xinjiang faces a serious threat from Islamist militants and separatists who plot attacks and stir up tensions between the mostly Muslim Uighur minority who call the region home and the ethnic Han Chinese majority.
Growing up in Atlanta during the height of Jim Crow, Gay McDougall was not welcome in many public places, but she boldly confronted the prejudice and became the first black woman to integrate Agnes Scott College, a formerly all-white Presbyterian liberal arts school in Decatur, Georgia. Those early experiences led her, after college and law school, to South Africa, where she defended thousands of anti-apartheid political prisoners before helping the country transition to a post-apartheid government. The Convention is an international treaty mandating the observance of human rights and fundamental freedoms for all, without distinction as to race, sex, language, or religion.