Update: US ICCPR List of Issues Released!
The Human Rights Committee just released its List of Issues for the U.S. Government. Thank you all for working tirelessly to get a significant number of the issues raised in your submissions included in this critical document. If you do not see your issue reflected in the document, this is not the end of the line for your advocacy. We encourage you to stay engaged both with the Committee but also with our ICCPR Taskforce and the series of activities we have lined up for bringing your concerns home, to the state and local levels. See the Taskforce's work plan below for more information and join our ICCPR listserv to stay up-to-date on how you can continue to engage both in Geneva and at home.
List of Issues Submissions
We are happy to announce that on December 28th, the USHRN coordinating center submitted to the chair of the UN Human Rights Committee a compiled list of issues submissions report. Accompanied by a cover letter, the report contains the following content: a listing of the contributing organizations, a brief guide to the submission, a summary of the issues presented in each report with a listing of the recommended questions as outlined in each report, and the individual reports themselves.
There are 29 submissions in all from 47 organizations. This count does not include those organizations that endorsed but did not contribute directly to the reports. While the coordinating center collated and prepared the summaries by issue areas, as well as listed the recommended questions for the Committee's ease of reference, we submitted the individual reports to the Committee without emendations or alterations. Below are copies of the cover letter, the compiled summaries, and the individual reports. These reports are also available on the Human Rights Committee's page on the website of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. Note that the numbering on the HRC's site is the same as the numbering in the summary and below.
The coordinating center and the ICCPR Taskforce are exceedingly grateful to all the organizations and individuals who contributed to submitting these proposals. And we look forward to the next phase of the process.
The Taskforce is currently in the process of developing a work plan for further engagement. Please stay tuned, and check back here for more updates and information.
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Individual Reports (by issue area and submitting organization(s)) -- Note that these categorizations are not all-encompassing as each report touches on multiple issue areas. They are, however, identified with the primary issue identified in the report or by coordinating center.
USHRN Partner Submissions
Human Rights Institute, Columbia Law School & American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
Human Rights Institute, Columbia Law School
Meiklejohn Civil Liberties Institute
The Midwest Coalition for Human Rights