USHRN Training Call – UPR Educational Call Tuesday, October 26th at 2 pm EST


US Human Rights Network Training Call

Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Educational Call

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

2 pm EST

For the first time, the United Nations is investigating the entire human rights record of the United States through the Universal Periodic Review (UPR), and there are opportunities for the community to contribute its perspectives as part of the review process. The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) is a new UN mechanism that examines all countries based not only on the human rights obligations set forth in the treaties they ratified, but also those in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the UN Charter.

This process centers around a discussion between the government and the UN Human Rights Council, based on three documents:

1) the government’s report on its human rights status,

2) a compilation of UN human rights reports on the country, and

3) a compilation of civil society reports.

The review of the U.S. before the Human Rights Council will occur on November 5, 2010 from 9 AM to Noon Geneva time.

The USHRN is coordinating US Civil Society work on this mechanism through a 15-person Planning Committee, representing US Human Rights organizations spanning the US in location, size and issue. In the past year, the committee assisted in coordination of 10 government-civil society consultation, in pressuring the US Government to include issues raised at consultations in their UN report, and in coordinating 25 Joint Stakeholder reports on human rights in the US to the United Nations. These reports are all included in published format, available on www.ushrnetwork.org/upr_reports

The UPR Planning Committee now hosts a training call open to anyone interested in building support for human rights in the US through international advocacy. The call will include updates on progress integrating civil society concerns in the UPR process, as well as planning a National response to the November 5th review and a follow-up process for communication with the US Government. Activities include viewing parties of the review session and discussion on the best paths for utilizing the UPR process in our local campaigns.

To register for this call use the following link:


Presenters Include:

· Theresa Harris, Human Rights USA

· JoAnn Ward, Columbia Law School Human Rights Institute

· Ejim Dike, Urban Justice Center Human Rights Project

· Eric Tars, National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty

Join US

To join the National Coordinating UPR Listserve to receive timely updates by emailing your request and contact information to lbaum@ushrnetwork.

In Unity and Struggle,








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