U.S. Government Universal Periodic Review Took 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 another delegation to the review in May. The troika - or three country delegates assisting the U.S. review - were selected in January 2015 (Botswana, Netherlands, and Saudi Arabia).
USHRN prepared a civil society summary submission for the process. Please see the U.S. Government's formal report for the 2015 UPR, the UN summary stakeholders' information on the U.S., and the stakeholder reports from U.S. civil society that informed the summary.
The United States Government submitted their responses to the recommendaitons on August 31, 2015 and the UN Human Rights Council final report on the United States was adopted in Geneva at the 30th session on September 24, 2015.
The next US Universal Periodic Review will take place during the UN Human Rights Council 36th session in Geneva (Apr-May 2020) - the optional state party mid-term report report is due May 2018. US civil scoiety stakeholder submissions "shadow report" to the UN are due September 19, 2019 and the US Government national report is due February 2020 (tbc).
- 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
- UPR State Department Year-End Summary for 2016 (January 11, 2017)
- U.S. Civil Society Follow-Up Letter to Feb. 11, 2016 U.S. UPR Follow-Up Meeting
- U.S. Government Tenative April-September 2016 UPR civil society consultations calendar
- UN Human Rights Council Press Release After U.S. UPR Adoption
- US Government UPR Working Group Agency Contacts List September 3, 2015
- US Government Addendum to 2015 UPR Reommendaitons - USHRN Annotated Document with Insertion of Recommendation Language
- 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 12, 2015 (US responses will be formally adopted at the UN September 24, 2015)
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- Holding the U.S. Accountable on Human Rights. Al Jazeera
- U.S. Defends Record Before Top UN Human Rights Body. New York Times
- U.S. Record on Police Violence Questioned at UN Review. Democracy Now!
- U.S. Slammed at UN for Human Rights Violations, Police Brutality. Press TV
- U.S. Defends Human Rights Record Before UN Body. Press TV
- U.S. Review of Rights Records "Won't Change Racism." Press TV
- UN Issues Scathing Report on U.S. Human Rights Record. Press TV
- U.S. Defends Record Before Human Rights Council. Huffington Post
- U.S. Admits Must "do Better" on Police Practices. Yahoo
- Roundup: UN Review on U.S. Human Rights Record Shows Not-So-Bright Picture. Global Post.
- U.S. Human Rights Put in the Limelight During UN Session. Global Post
- UN Council Adopts Draft Report on U.S. Human Rights Global Post
- Spokesperson: UN Probe Shows U.S. Human Rights Record not Perfect. Global Post
- The U.S. Military's Sexual-Assault Problem is so bad the UN is Getting Involved. Mother Jones
- UN Council Adopts Draft on U.S. Human Rights. Xinhua
- Police Violence, Executions, Gitmo: U.S. Grilled by UN Human Rights Panel. RT
- U.S.: UN Rights Review Expose Failings. Human Rights Watch
- Human Rights Watch Calls on U.S. to Address UN Commitments. Kansas City Infozine
- UN Review of Human Rights in US Focuses on Police Brutality. UPI.com
- Hawaii Advocates in Geneva for UN Global Review of Human Rights Record. eTurboNews.com
- U.S. Admits Faliure of Commitment to Civil Rights. Daily Sabah
- U.S. Admits More Needs to be Done for Civil Rights Laws. Malay Mail Online
- UN to Examine U.S. Human Rights Record. 9News.com.au
- U.S. Admits it Must Do Better on Police Practices. Jamaica Observer
- U.S. Rights Record in UN Spotlight. Haveeru Online
- U.S. Defends Record Before UN Panel. Indiana Gazette
- UN Shines Spotlight on US Rights Record. The Chosun Ilbo
- U.S. Human Rights Record put Under UN Spotlight. China Post
- U.S. Human Rights Violations: Geneva Centre for Justice. Center for Research on Globalization
- U.S. Admits Must do Better on Police Practices. Daily Star
- U.S. Wants to Improve Police Practices. ENCA
- U.S. Slammed at UN for Human Rights Violations, Police Brutality. Kashmir Monitor
- U.S. Admits it can do Better and Work Harder to Stop Police Abuses. Fusion
- The World in Brief. Arkansas Online
- Do Americans Really Believe in Human Rights? The Straits Times
- U.S. Failings Exposed in UN Human Rights Review. IPS
- Amid Surveillance Reform Debate, U.S. Faces Criticism of its Human Rights Record. Access Blog
- UN Probe Shows U.S. Human Rights Record Not Perfect. CRI
- U.S. Defends its Rights Record at UNHRC. Outlook India
- Activists Decry U.S. Deportation of Cambodians. Cambodia Daily
- United Nations to Review US Rights Record. Economic Times
- U.S. Rights Record in UN Spotlight. Business Insider
- The U.S. Government's Record on Human Rights. Counterpunch
- U.S. Admits Must "do Better" on Police Practices. DailyMail
- American Hypocrisy Exposed: U.S. Slammed on Racism, Police Brutality, and Human Rights Violations. FinalCall
- UN Issues Scathing Report of U.S. Human Rights Record. Huffington Post (ACLU Blog)
- The U.S. on Review. Human Rights at Home Blog
- 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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