Sunday, February 16, 2020

Coming Up -- US Universal Periodic Review

This month, February 2020, the United States is scheduled to submit its report to the UN for its third  universal periodic review, set for May 2020.  Civil society submissions were due in October 2019.  The Executive Summary of the US Human Rights Networks' stakeholder report is available here, and a number of other submissions compiled by the UN Association of the US and its allies are available here.  During the review, UN member nations will have an opportunity to comment on and critique US's compliance with a range of human rights standards, including civil, political, economic, social, and cultural rights.  Issues of corruption and government transparency will be on the table, as well as commitment to sustainability and the treatment of immigrants and asylum seekers.  This promises to be a fascinating session, and an opportunity to bring a human rights lens (and international pressure) to bear on many current US policies that depart from human rights standards.

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