International Organizations Becoming More Popular As Alternate Fora for U.S. Civil Rights Groups?
I sense there is a trend of domestically-focused US civil rights and labor groups seeking to make their case in international fora.
1) CCR announces that the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights has accepted a case from a Guantanamo detainee.
2) Labor and civil rights groups have filed a complaint in the International Labour Organisation challenging Alabama’s immigration law.
3) The NAACP has brought its voter-id case to the U.N. Human Rights Commission.
These actions generally follow failures (or likely failures) to win their cases in U.S. courts. Interestingly, none of the bodies mentioned here have any binding authority over the U.S., but that is not the point. They can and will put some international attention on U.S. policies, and perhaps rally a little bit of domestic concern as well. Not much concern, but perhaps just enough to make it worth the rather substantial cost and effort.