Wednesday, December 16, 2009
The U.S. State Department has announced the creation of a new website to faciliate its participation in the United Nations Human Rights Council’s (HRC) Universal Periodic Review process. Through this process, the HRC reviews the human rights records of each of the 192 UN Member States once every four years to monitor compliance with international human rights laws. The United States' human rights record will be reviewed in December 2010 based on a report that the U.S. government will submit as well as input from civil society organizations. According to the State Department:
This website will facilitate communication between civil society and the United States government before, during, and after the preparation of the U.S. report to the UN Human Rights Council. An important feature of the website will be an inbox, through which the Department of State will invite ideas, comments and analysis from civil society on issues relating to human rights in the United States.
To view the new State Department website and submit comments, click here.