President Bush refused to allow the United States to be dragged before the United Nations Human Rights Council, but President Obama has reversed that policy. So the United States was hauled before the Human Rights Council, currently chaired by Cuba, to answer for its alleged human rights violations:
A delegation of top officials, led by Assistant Secretary of State Esther Brimmer, gave diplomats at the U.N. Human Rights Council a detailed account of U.S. human rights shortcomings and the Obama administration’s efforts to redress them. It marked the first time the United States has subjected its rights record to examination before the Geneva-based council as part of a procedure that requires all states to allow their counterparts to grade their conduct.
Several delegations camped out overnight to be first in line to criticize Washington, with the initial few speakers including Cuba, Iran and Venezuela.