FOUNDATION: Unit V. International Human Rights in the Domestic US Context 5 of 7

Human Rights Treaties Becoming Part of US Law:


When ratification of a treaty is delayed, it’s because of the issues, not because of the ratification process. The US finds some treaties in conflict with its own traditional values. There is tension between the state and the international community on some matters. For that reason, the US has ratified some treaties with major reservations.

In other cases, the US has rejected some “all-or-nothing” treaties that don’t allow RUDs. In many instances, US reluctance to bind itself internationally plays a large part.


Why does the US condemn the Taliban at the same time it delays signing CEDAW?

Why isn’t health care a human right? What’s the historical US view of health care? How is a treaty that mandates basic health care inconsistent with this view?

Reservations to the Convention on the Rights of the Child
Amnesty International: CEDAW (not signed by US)
Fox News: Critics Slam UN Treaty on Women's Rights