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Berkeley first city to report to UN

BERKELEY – Berkeley city council members have sailed into international territory, voting to comply with United Nations human rights treaties.

The council voted unanimously Tuesday to have unpaid interns report on the city’s compliance with treaties on civil liberties, racial discrimination and torture.

U.N. officials say the famously liberal-leaning city would be the first in the country to submit compliance records. Councilman Max Anderson says he wants Berkeley to be an inspiration to other communities.

Measure supporters say it’s possible Berkeley doesn’t meet U.N. standards. They cite homelessness, school achievement and John Yoo, a law professor at the University of California, Berkeley, who as a Justice Department lawyer co-wrote legal memos that critics say were used to justify the torture of suspected terrorists.

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