On July 8 and 9, the U.S. Government will hold consultations with civil society about the upcoming reviews by the United Nations on eliminating racial discrimination (CERD) and upholding universal human rights (UPR). The deadline for RSVPS is June 25 (details below).
July 8 Morning: The CERD/UPR race and ethnicity consultation will take place on Tuesday, July 8th from 9:30 AM to 12 PM at the George Marshall Auditorium in the Main State Department Building (21st St entrance between Virginia Ave and C St NW). There is also an option to dial-in by phone: 1-888-330-1716, passcode: 6471385#.
July 8 Afternoon: The UPR Issue Group 1 consultation on civil rights and discrimination issues related to LGBT, gender, disability, religion and homelessness will take place from 1:30-4 PM in the same location, also with the same dial-in option. 1-888-330-1716, passcode: 6471385#.
July 9 Morning: The Department of Justice is hosting a consultation on UPR Issue Group 2 recommendations related to criminal justice from 9:30-12:00 at the RFK Main Justice Building in Washington D.C. Issue Group 2 recommendations to be discussed include those related to death penalty, conditions of incarceration, and sentencing; as well as UPR recommendations concerning human trafficking. Call-in info: (202) 353-0881, passcode: 46276996
To RSVP for either or both of the July 8 consultations, email CERD@state.gov no later than Wednesday, June 25th with the following information: (i) your name, (ii) institutional affiliation, (iii) whether you will attend one of the consultations or both and (iv) whether you will participate in person or by telephone. Based on your acceptance of this invitation, the State Department will provide additional information to facilitate your entry into the Marshal Center, and participation in the consultation. Written statements may be submitted in advance of the consultation by emailing them to the above address.
For information and to receive an invitation to the July 9 consultation, please email UPR.firstname.lastname@example.org.