Advancing Human Rights: A Status Report on Human Rights in the United States

December 10, 2013

On this day in 1950, the United Nations proclaimed December 10th Human Rights Day in commemoration of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. In the spirit of the day, USHRN is pleased to present Advancing Human Rights: A Status Report on Human Rights in the United States, a 60 page report on the state of human rights in the US, written in plain language and intended for maximum accessibility for a broad audience.

The United States has a complicated and paradoxical relationship to human rights law; while the US played a leadership role in the drafting of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (and other major international human rights conventions), it has ratified several of them with reservations that limit the enforcability of the conventions vis a vis domestic law and in some cases, failed to ratify them at all (notably the Convention of the Rights of the Child).

Furthermore, the United States has failed to uphold provisions in the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), the International Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD), and the Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CAT), to which it is bound by international law.

Advancing Human Rights: A Status Report on Human Rights in the United States pushes the analysis even further, spotlighting human rights violations across the full spectrum of rights-from civil and political to economic, social and cultural. The major issue areas include: environmental and climate justice, decent work, healthcare, education, housing, right to marry, reproductive justice and security of person, criminal justice and mass incarceration, voter suppression, immigration policy and privacy. In addition, the report reflects the work of grassroots organizations, many of which participated in Advancing Human Rights 2013: The UDHR Campaign.

Please download Advancing Human Rights: A Status Report on Human Rights in the United States (below) and share it widely with your network today!

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