UPR: Universal Periodic Review

Next U.S. Government Universal Period Review To Take Place the second week of March, 2015

The UPR is a full review of the human rights record of all countries that are members of the United Nations. 

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ABOUT THE UPR: The 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. It offers opportunity to pressure the government to meet fully those obligations. The U.S. Government submitted their report to the UN on February 2, 2015, it can be found here. USHRN is sending a deleagtion to Geneva March 16-20, 2015 to advocate prior to the UPR review in May. The review will take place in Geneva on May 11, 2015. The troika - or three country delegates assiting the U.S. review - were selected in January 2015 (Botswana, Netherlands, and Saudi Arabia).

USHRN ROLE: 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 2010 REVIEW: 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.

Scholarships: See here for more infomation on the scholarships for the March 2015 Delegation.

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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.


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From 2010:

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