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Good morning, this is Kasmira. It has been nine years since the United States' civil and political rights’ policies were last scrutinised by the United Nations Human Rights Committee in Geneva – an opportunity that rights groups did not want to miss for listing their grievances.

And Russia’s repressive human rights track record gets a shake-down in this podcast with the guests including the UN’s special rapporteur on the country. Plus, a look at the Geneva Initiative, 20 years after it was signed.

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A rally in support of imprisoned Native American activist Leonard Peltier, across from the White House in Washington, DC, on 12 September 2023. Indigenous rights activists are calling for clemency for Peltier, who was convicted for the murder of two FBI agents in 1975. (Keystone/AFP/Mandel Ngan)

🇺🇸 UN committee grills US on political rights record. Racial profiling, police violence, mass incarceration and drone killings are among the wide array of abuses UN experts have raised at a review of United States civil and political rights policies in Geneva attended by dozens of rights groups.

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