Rashida Manjoo, UN Expert, Chides U.S. Over Domestic Violence
08/23/11 08:10 AM ET
GENEVA — A U.N. human rights expert has criticized the United States for failing to properly protect women from domestic violence, citing a 1999 Colorado child slaying case.
The U.N. investigator on violence against women, Rashida Manjoo, says U.S. laws on domestic violence lack substance and aren’t properly enforced.
Manjoo singled out the case of Colorado woman Jessica Lenahan whose three daughters were killed by her estranged husband. The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights last week sided with Lenahan in a complaint against the United States.
The Washington-based civil-rights tribunal recommended the U.S. government carry out a full investigation of the case and strengthen legislation against domestic violence.
Officials at the U.S. mission in Geneva were unable immediately to comment Tuesday.