UPR: Universal Periodic Review

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Next U.S. Government Universal Period Review To Take Place in 2015

Vital Report Submission Info

Reports are due to USHRN by September 5 in order to be included in the summary stakeholder report that we - the USHRN Coordinating Center - will be submitting to the UN. Complete final reports are best, but given the tight timeline, USHRN will also accept drafts of reports which can be accompanied with summary submissions drafted within USHRN designated guidelines (see resources section on this page). To share your reports with USHRN, please send them to upr@ushrnetwork.org.

In addition to sharing your reports with USHRN, you must also submit them directly to the UN. All reports are due to the UN by 5:59 pm EST on September 15 and must be submitted through the UN Portal. This deadline is non-negotiable. Check out the UN technical guidelines and stakeholder pages for more info. 

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Basic Info

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 report is due the UN on January 19, 2015.

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.


Please note that many of these resources were prepared for the 2010 review.  Keep on the lookout for new resources that will provide an overview of the current UPR.

For 2014:

From 2010: