From our friends at the University of Oklahoma College of Law:
On behalf of the University of Oklahoma College of Law, we are transmitting the attached invitation for a day of consultations on April 24 among U.S. government officials, federally recognized tribes, and interested members of civil society in preparation for the United Nations Human Rights Council’s Second Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of the United States.
· The UPR is a process conducted at the United Nations in Geneva that reviews each UN member state’s record with regard to its human rights obligations and commitments. The United States is scheduled to undergo its second cycle of this review in the spring of 2015 in Geneva. During this second cycle, the state under review is expected to discuss its implementation of the recommendations it accepted after its initial report. In anticipation of that review, the U.S. government would like to reach out to interested stakeholders to hear about concerns with respect to its record.
· The day of consultations on April 24 will focus on those accepted recommendations that pertain specifically to indigenous issues.
· For additional information on the UN’s Universal Periodic Review Process, please visit these websites: http://www.state.gov/j/drl/
· Additional information will also be available at humanrights.gov.
· For additional information about the U.S. government's first Universal Periodic Review, please visit this website: http://www.state.gov/j/drl/
· In order to accommodate all potential participants, federally recognized tribes may have two representatives in attendance and members of civil society may have one representative per organization. Exceptions may be granted based on space availability.
· Please RSVP with names of attendees by April 15 to Autumn Hobbs at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We hope to see you at the College of Law on April 24!