UPR Taskforce

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The USHRN UPR TASKFORCE coordinates and facilitates U.S. human rights and social justice groups efforts to inform and influence the Universal Periodic Review of the U.S. Government.  The UPR review will take place in 2015, with civil society reports due September 15, 2014.  The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) is a full review of the human rights record of all countries that are members of the United Nations. It takes place every four years and offers an important opportunity to measure how the United States is meeting human rights obligations, including those related to economic, social and cultural rights.
 

Members of the UPR Tasforce are:

Mary Gerisch, Vermont Workers Center (co-chair)

Josh Cooper, Four Freedoms Forum  (co-chair)

AbdudDharr Abdullah, Chicago Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression

June L. Lorenzo, Indigenous World Association

Kate D'Adamo, Sex Workers Outreach Project - NYC

Jamil Dakwar, American Civil Liberties Union

Eric Tars, National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty

Amy Bergquist, The Advocates for Human Rights

Tonya M. Williams, SPARK Reproductive Justice NOW/Johnson C. Smith University

Meena Jagannath, Community Justice Project

Rebecca Landy, USHRN

USHRN TASKFORCES coordinate civil society groups engagement with the international human rights mechanisms such as the UPR by:

  • Raising awareness about human rights standards and reviews of the U.S. Government human rights record;
  • Engaging in outreach to a broad range of grassroots constituencies to increase their awareness of, and their participation in, the international mechanism review processes;
  • Coordinating submission of non-governmental (shadow) reports to inform the reviews of the U.S. Government human rights record;
  • Facilitating participation of civil society groups in the actual reviews.

Get involved by joining the UPR Listserve. USHRN will post periodic updates through the listserv to keep members and partners abreast of on-going UPR activities.

For more information on the UPR Taskforce, please contact: member@ushrnetwork.org
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upr, upr review