The Arizona legislature’s passage this week of a bill to prohibit the state and its subdivisions from participating in United Nations Agenda 21 has been dismissed as an act of paranoia, but the UN has shown an increasing interest in the nation’s domestic affairs.
In recent months, UN agencies have criticized Arizona’s neighbor of California for alleged human rights abuses, as well as endorsed a proposition on November’s state ballot.
On April 27, the UN’s Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights endorsed a California initiative that would mandate the end of capital punishment; and replace it with a provision sentencing first-degree murderers to 25 years to life, or life in prison without parole, depending upon the circumstances.
In denouncing the use of the death penalty, the UN compared the US to China, Iran, Saudi Arabia and Iraq.
In September, an official with the title of the UN’s Special Rapporteur on the Human Right to Safe Drinking Water and Sanitation sharply criticized the City of Sacramento.
“Open defecation, open urination have been criminalized,” the UN spokesperson said. “So what happens is that someone can be criminalized just because he/she does not have a place to do his physiological needs.”
Public urination is, actually, an infraction in California, not a crime.
The UN is authorized to speak about what is or is not a violation of human rights in the US by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, in which nations “pledged themselves to achieve, in co-operation with the United Nations, the promotion of universal respect for and observance of human rights and fundamental freedoms.”