The USHRN ICCPR Taskforce held a free webinar on how to provide updates on the U.S. Government’s compliance with the recent United Nations’ recommendations for change on February 25, 2015. On March 26, 2014, the UN Human Rights Committee which monitors compliance with the ICCPR recommended that the U.S. make changes in four critical areas within one year:
1. Accountability for past human rights violations;
2. Gun violence;
3. Detainees at Guantanamo Bay; and
4. National Security Agency Surveillance
The year is almost up and the Government has to report on its progress by March 26, 2015 (note, the USG report was submitted late on April 1, 2015). This means you too have the opportunity to use the same grading system provided by the UN to report on the Government. We also want to use this opportunity to do updates on the other twenty-plus recommendations that the Committee made to the Government.
Civil Society follow-up shadow reports are due to the UN by May 1, 2015 (note, this date has been updated from the original April 26, 2015 deadline due to the late submission of the government report) (All reports should be in MS Word format and e-mailed to: ccpr [@] ohchr.org (with copy to: fsantana [@] ohchr.org and kfox [@] ohchr.org) and iccpr [@] ushrnetwork.org.)).
This hour-long webinar covered an overview of the follow-up procedure, how to use the four follow-up issue shadow report template, review of a template for creating an advocacy document to use in the US on other issues, plans for actions, and how to connect your work to other international accountability processes, such as our Universal Periodic Review (UPR) work.
- Katrina Anderson, Center for Reproductive Rights
- Nasrina Bargzie, Asian Americans Advancing Justice
- Mary Gerisch, Vermont Workers' Center
- Rebecca Landy, USHRN
- Vincent Ploton, Centre for Civil and Political Rights
- ICCPR Template for NGO Shadow Report 4 Follow-Up Issues to be Submitted to the UN
- ICCPR NGO Report Card: A Template for US Advocacy (find a sample report card by CRR here)
- ICCPR Concluding Observations Table of Contents Report Card Template
- Listen to a recording of the webinar here