-Next U.S. Government Universal Period Review To Take Place in 2015-
KEY DATE: March 28, 2014 - USHRN UPR Taskforce applications DUE!
KEY DATE: September 1, 2014 - UPR Civil Society Reports DUE!
KEY DATE: January 19, 2015 - U.S. Government Report DUE!
APPLY FOR UPR TASKFORCE: USHRN invites you to apply to be a part of the UPR Taskforce. Click here to apply. Deadline to apply is March 28. The USHRN UPR Taskforce coordinates and facilitates U.S. human rights and social justice groups efforts to inform and influence the Universal Periodic Review of the U.S. Government.
Click here to learn important dates related to the UPR (as well as other planned 2014 international mechanism reviews).
Get involved by joining the UPR Listserve. USHRN will post periodic updates through the listserv to keep members and partners abreast of on-going UPR activities.
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.
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.
USEFUL RESOURCES: Click here for a summary overview of the UPR process and click here for a UPR toolkit, both resources were prepared by the Urban Justice Center Human Rights Project. Click here to view a video by former USHRN Executive Director Ajamu Baraka, which also provides an overview of the 2010 UPR. Please note these resources were prepared for the 2010 review. Keep on the lookout for new resources that will provide an overview of the current UPR, which does include some changes from the prior process.