Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Human Rights City Strategies for Protecting People's Rights and Dignity

The May 11th date for the U.S. Government UPR review has been postponed by the pandemic, and it is now scheduled for November 9th.  Likewise, the Gwangju World Human Rights Cities Forum, scheduled for May 17-20 in Korea, has been postponed to October.  

Happily, the UPR Cities Project has stepped in to fill the void.  Throughout the summer, the Project will be organizing monthly webinars to help local groups build capacities to use global human rights to amplify local work to protect people's rights and dignity.  First on the schedule:  

  • Monday May 11: 4:00-5:15PM Eastern/ 1:00-2:15PM Pacific: Protecting People & Advancing Dignity Economies—Human Rights City Strategies
The May 11th date for the U.S. Government UPR review has been postponed by the pandemic, but in its place the UPR Cities Project is organizing a virtual gathering to help community advocates learn how to use the UPR review process to advocate for their communities.  Speakers will report on the world’s first national cities stakeholder report to the UN. Organizers from New Orleans, Washington DC, and Pittsburgh will show how the UPR can help local organizing. And speakers will address the Southern Mayors’ Human Rights Agenda and how it can help define the kind of post-COVID-19 city everyone needs.  Participants will learn about using the UPR process to organize locally and bring global pressure on national and local officials through the UPR Cities Project.
More information about how to participate in the webinar is available here.


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