U.S. Engagement with the Universal Periodic Review Process (UPR)

CCR has a strong practice of engaging with international human rights bodies to bring attention to our issues and uplift the experiences of those most impacted by the U.S. government’s failures to protect and uphold human rights. Independent human rights experts regularly review whether governments are in compliance with their human rights obligations. CCR engages with these experts by drafting shadow reports and other advocacy materials, providing testimony, lobbying, and working in coalition with our partners to use these opportunities to highlight serious human rights violations.

CCR has played a critical role during periodic reviews of the U.S. government by UN treaty bodies, including those that review the U.S.’ compliance with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CAT), the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Racism (CERD), and during the cumulative Universal Periodic Review (UPR). Additionally, CCR advocates before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (the regional rights body for the western hemisphere).


In May 2015, the U.S. government was reviewed for the second time under the Universal Period Review (UPR) process, a process in which a country’s entire human rights record is examined by the United Nations Human Rights Council. Through shadow reports and civil society dialogue, CCR urged the U.S. government to move from rhetoric to action and to take concrete steps towards complying with its full international human rights obligations.

CCR Submissions for 2015 Universal Periodic Review

U.S. Human Rights Obligations with Respect to Protection of the Palestinian People and Human Rights Defenders

Arab and Muslim Student Freedom of Expression

The Use of Prolonged Solitary Confinement in United States Jails, Prisons and Detention Centers

U.S. Accountability and Reparations for Ongoing Human Rights Violations in Iraq

Previous UPR Review Process and Outcome

In March 2011, the United States government accepted recommendations made by the UN Human Rights Council. This marked the first time  the United States was reviewed under the UPR process.

In response, the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) released the following analysis:

• Short Critique and Statement of U.S. Engagement with the UPR Process 
• From Rhetoric to Action: A Report on U.S. Engagement with the Universal Periodic Review Process  

CCR engaged with the 2010-2011 process by contributing to or authoring the following reports:

• Political Repression: Continuum of Domestic Repression
• Political Repression - Political Prisoners
• Human Rights Abuses Committed by the New York City Police Department
• The Persistence, in the United States, of Discriminatory Profiling Based on Race, Ethnicity, Religion and National Origin
• Stakeholder Submission on United States Obligations to Respect, Protect and Remedy Human Rights in the Context of Business Activities

 

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March 7, 2016