U.S. Government Universal Periodic Review Takes Place May 11, 2015
Click here to see the US Human Rights Network Press Conference held in Geneva on May 11 after the U.S. Government was reviewed for the second time on its human records through the UPR.
The UPR is a full review of the human rights record of all countries that are members of the United Nations. The second U.S. government review took place in Geneva on May 11, 2015. The U.S. Government submitted their report to the UN on February 2, 2015, it can be found here. USHRN sent a delegation to Geneva March 16-20, 2015 to advocate prior to the UPR review in May, and is in Geneva for the Review taking place this week. The troika - or three country delegates assisting the U.S. review - were selected in January 2015 (Botswana, Netherlands, and Saudi Arabia).
- Join the UPR Listserv. USHRN will post periodic updates through the listserv to keep members and partners abreast of UPR activities.
- Sign up for a working group! The deadline to submit reports for the UPR has passed, but there is still time to join a working group, lobby, and create advocacy documents. The USHRN UPR Taskforce is working with our UPR Working Groups to ensure that UN member states have the information they need to make strong human rights recommendations during the review.
- Click here to see a list Working Group chairs and co-chairs.
- Check out our Calendar of Events in the US and Geneva for March - May 2015
- Can't make it to Geneva? Watch the UPR live here on May 11th at 3 -6:30am ET
- Meet the USHRN UPR Taskforce!
- UPR Fact Sheet and FAQ
- NEW! Template for One-Pager
- 2015 Executive summary of stakeholder reports by USHRN members & partners
- Civil Society Working Groups Description and Function
- Template for creating a stakeholder report summary or bulleted list
- Template for creating a stakeholder report
- OHCHR Civil Society Guidelines
- U.S. Government UPR Report (February 2015)
- Contacting UN Mission's in the US to Lobby for your Issue - Consult the Blue Book
- Contacting UN Mission's in Geneva to Lobby
- UPR Info's Database of UPR Recommendations and Voluntary Pledges
- Webinar on How to Advocate Effectively in Geneva and Stateside for the Universal Periodic Review (Mar 11)
- Webinar on How to take your human rights story to the UN via UPR (Dec 11)
- Webinar on why and how to engage with the UPR (July 3)
- Webinar on Engaging UPR: Steps for Writing and Submitting a Stakeholder Report (August 20)
- U.S. Govt Consultation on Environmental Issues Relating to the UPR: A Summary
- 10 Steps to Writing a UPR Stakeholder Report (by The Advocates for Human Rights)
- Engaging the US Government through UN Advocacy in Human Rights Compliance, a Civil Society Consultation at American University
- Important Dates related to the UPR (as well as other planned 2014 international mechanism reviews).
- Is the UPR worth it? Human Rights at Home blog
- USHRN Statement at UN HRC General Debate on Minority Issues (March 18, 2015)
- USHRN Statement at UN HRC Debate on State of Racial Discrimination World Wide (March 20, 2015)
- UN UPR Summary Stakeholders' Submission on the USA (February 2015)
- UN UPR Compilation Report for US UPR (March 2015)
- USHRN UPR 2015 Working Group Advocacy Docs Compilation
- List of Countries Speaking for May 11, 2015 US UPR
- List of Government Delegates attending the 2015 UPR
- Advanced questions of States to the United States 2015
- Watch the Video of the May 11, 2015 review here
- UPR Report of the US Adopted May 15, 2015 (US will accept or reject recomendations in Sep. 2015)
- UN Summary of Stakeholder Submissions
- Summary of March 2011 U.S. Government Responses to UPR Recommendations
- 2011 Report of the Working Group of the UPR on US (with recommendations)
- 2011 UPR Recommendations Supported by the US Government
- U.S. Government Responses to the UPR: Human Rights Reference Guide for Advocates and Activists (by Urban Justice Center)
- UPR Housing Report from April 2010
- UPR Housing two pager from June 2010
- HUD UPR follow up minutes from January 2011
- HUD UPR follow up letter from January 2011
- Summary overview of the UPR process (by Urban Justice Center)
- UPR Toolkit (by Urban Justice Center)
- Click here to view a video by former USHRN Executive Director Ajamu Baraka, which also provides an overview of the 2010 UPR.
Background: The UPR 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. It offers opportunity to pressure the government to meet fully those obligations. USHRN coordinates and facilitates human rights and social justice groups' in the U.S. efforts to inform and influence the Review process, and seeks to raise awareness of the international mechanism and its relevance to local groups work. The troika - or three country delegates assisting the U.S. review - for the 2015 Review were selected in January 2015 (Botswana, Netherlands, and Saudi Arabia).The U.S. was first reviewed in 2010. USHRN coordinated groups efforts to influence the Review, which culminated in a 423 page civil society compilation submission. USHRN prepared a civil society summary submission. Both the full compilation and the summary were submitted to the UN in April 2010. Click here to read the U.S. Government formal report submitted to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.
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