Penn State International Law Review


Patrick Walsh

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The United States encourages nations around the world to enforce human rights treaties and "calls to account" those who do not. But recently, the international community has been calling the United States to account for retreating against its own international human rights commitments under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights ("ICCPR"). Members of the international community challenge the U.S. position that the ICCPR and other international human rights treaties do not apply outside U.S. territories or to U.S. military operations during armed conflicts. There is a growing call for change to the U.S. policy on the application of these international human rights treaties. The call for change is coming from both the international community and, surprisingly, from within the U.S. military, albeit for different reasons.