Report to the UN Human Rights Committee on the Shackling of Pregnant Women
Birthing Behind Bars, Nation Inside
September 24, 2013
The International Human Rights Clinic at the University of Chicago Law School, in partnership with Chicago Legal Advocacy for Incarcerated Mothers (CLAIM) and the ACLU National Prison Project, recently submitted a report to the United Nations Human Rights Committee on the shackling of pregnant women deprived of their liberty in the United States.
The Human Rights Committee monitors compliance with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, a treaty to which the United States is a party. In its prior review of the United States, the Human Rights Committee noted that this practice violates the Covenant. Representatives from the United States will be questioned by members of the Human Rights Committee next month in Geneva.
We hope that the report provides a framework for that dialogue and for the recommendations that are ultimately issued to the United States by the Human Rights Committee