[JURIST] The US government’s human rights record came under criticism Friday during the country’s first Universal Periodic Review (UPR) by the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) [official websites]. Among the criticisms leveled at the US [Reuters report] were the treatment of detainees at Guantanamo Bay, the practice of rendition, the embargo of Cuba and the continued use of the death penalty[JURIST news archives]. Representatives from the US defended the country’s record, including the Obama administration’s plan to close Guantanamo Bay…