ICCPR Newsletter No. 2: List of Issues Submissions

Update: US ICCPR List of Issues Released!

The Human Rights Committee just released its List of Issues for the U.S. Government. Thank you all for working tirelessly to get a significant number of the issues raised in your submissions included in this critical document. If you do not see your issue reflected in the document, this is not the end of the line for your advocacy. We encourage you to stay engaged both with the Committee but also with our ICCPR Taskforce and the series of activities we have lined up for bringing your concerns home, to the state and local levels. See the Taskforce's work plan below for more information and join our ICCPR listserv to stay up-to-date on how you can continue to engage both in Geneva and at home.

2013 ICCPR Taskforce Work Plan for Engaging with the ICCPR Review Process


List of Issues Submissions

We are happy to announce that on December 28th, the USHRN coordinating center submitted to the chair of the UN Human Rights Committee a compiled list of issues submissions report. Accompanied by a cover letter, the report contains the following content: a listing of the contributing organizations, a brief guide to the submission, a summary of the issues presented in each report with a listing of the recommended questions as outlined in each report, and the individual reports themselves. 

Click to access the compiled summaries and the individual reports

There are 29 submissions in all from 47 organizations. This count does not include those organizations that endorsed but did not contribute directly to the reports. While the coordinating center collated and prepared the summaries by issue areas, as well as listed the recommended questions for the Committee's ease of reference, we submitted the individual reports to the Committee without emendations or alterations. Below are copies of the cover letter, the compiled summaries, and the individual reports. These reports are also available on the Human Rights Committee's page on the website of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. Note that the numbering on the HRC's site is the same as the numbering in the summary and below. 

The coordinating center and the ICCPR Taskforce are exceedingly grateful to all the organizations and individuals who contributed to submitting these proposals. And we look forward to the next phase of the process.

The Taskforce is currently in the process of developing a work plan for further engagement. Please stay tuned, and check back here for more updates and information.


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USHRN's Compiled Submission to the Human Rights Committee

Cover Letter 

USHRN Compiled List of Issues Submission

Individual Reports (by issue area and submitting organization(s)) -- Note that these categorizations are not all-encompassing as each report touches on multiple issue areas. They are, however, identified with the primary issue identified in the report or by coordinating center.

A. Self-Determination
B.  Counter-Terrorism Measures and Respect of the Covenant Guarantees
C.  Equal Protection of Rights in the Covenant
Advocates for Human Rights (MN); Border Network for Human Rights (NM, TX); Breakthrough (NY); Center for Constitutional Rights (NY); Junta for Progressive Action (CT); Migrant Justice (VT); Southern Poverty Law Center’s Immigrant Justice Project (AL, AR, GA, KY, LA, MS, NC, SC, TN)
D.  Equal Protection of Men and Women
E.  Discrimination and Racial Profiling
F.  Freedom from Torture or Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment 
G.  Treatment of Persons Deprived of Their Liberty
H.  Freedom of Movement
I.  Access to Justice
J.  Freedom of Expression
K.  Freedom of Association
L.  Political Participation
M.  Complaints Under First Optional Protocol

USHRN Partner Submissions

American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) National Submission

Center for the Human Rights of Users and Survivors of Psychiatry

Human Rights Institute, Columbia Law School & American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)

Targeted Killings Through Drone Strikes

Human Rights Institute, Columbia Law School

Access to Justice

Meiklejohn Civil Liberties Institute

1. Reproductive Rights

2. Voting Rights

3. Racial Discrimination

The International Indian Treaty Council and the United Confederacy of Taino People

The Midwest Coalition for Human Rights

1. Juvenile Justice 

2. Torture/Treatment of Persons Denied Liberty

The Service Women’s Action Network (SWAN)






US Human Rights Network
Publication Date: 
Jan 11, 2013
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