Community Initiative to proclaim Phoenix as a Human Rights City

Editor December 2, 2012 0

Arizona Community Press | www.azcommunitypress.org

PHOENIX, AZ – In the aftermath of implementation of AZ SB1070 Section 2b in Arizona, the Human Rights Commission of Los Comités de Defensa del Barrio on Wednesday, November 28th presented evidence and testimony before the City of Phoenix of the systematic violations of Human Rights of Migrant Workers and their Families by officials of the judicial system including local law enforcement officers.

On Monday November 19, 2012 the Human Rights Commission of Los Comités de Defensa del Barrio conducted a Public Tribunal to collect and evaluate community testimony and evidence of Civil Rights violations, Human Rights violations, and the process of accountability by the City of Phoenix in addressing these issues. Of particular concern in this regard is the implementation of City of Phoenix Police Order 4.48 which correlates to AZ SB1070 Section 2b.

The mandate of priority for the CDB Human Rights Commission is to define and denounce the systematic violation of Human Rights of Migrant workers and their Families in Arizona that has been institutionalized by AZ SB1070 Section 2b, resulting in blatant racial profiling and discriminatory policing. As mechanism of accountability, the CDB Human Rights Commission will institute the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, adopted by the General Assembly on December 10, 1948 as the standard for addressing and defining the human rights issues of priority concern for the Comités de Defensa del Barrio.

The United States of America is signatory to the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

It was at the Tribunal del Pueblo where the Human Rights Commission of Los Comités de Defensa del Barrio announced a grassroots initiative to establish the City of Phoenix as a Human Rights City (as has already been done by Eugene, Oregon) and move to move forward continuously and conscientiously to establish Human Rights Zones throughout the Valley and State, where the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights, adopted on December 10, 1948, will be recognized, respected, and defended as the Rule of Law for all Peoples, including Indigenous Peoples, Equal to All Other Peoples.

The proclamation of Phoenix as a Human Rights City would institute public acknowledgement, respect and affirmation of the Principles of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights as a legacy for the future generations.

An initial task of the CDB Human Rights Commission will be to produce a report to be submitted to the UN Human Rights Council, and subsidiary human rights venues such as the Inter-American Court of Human Rights and the Committee for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.