American Obstinacy

A list of treaties the US has yet to sign


| September/October 2001


The Bush administration’s refusal to sign the Kyoto climate-change treaty is not the first time the United States has turned its back on agreements addressing urgent international problems, reports Mother Jones (May/June 2001). Also awaiting U.S. endorsement are the following treaties, ratified by most of the rest of the world: • Convention on the Prohibition of Anti-Personnel Mines (1997)
• Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (1996)
• Convention on the Rights of the Child (1989)
• Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (1979)
• Covenant on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights (1966)
But there’s hope: In 1992 we signed the Covenant on Civil and Political Rights—26 years after it was introduced.

Mother Jones (May/June 2001)

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