International Human Rights Monitoring

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International Human Rights Monitoring We know that political leaders will not follow human rights obligations without pressure from attentive and informed residents working to ensure that international rights standards are honored in local practices. This takes work to learn about what specific legal obligations national and local leaders have and to monitor local practices to make sure they conform to international expectations. Through the US Human Rights Network, we're able to come together as grassroots US human rights organizers to draw international attention to the gaps between US international legal commitments and the actual practices in the communities where we live. See this link to the US Human Rights Network-International Mechanisms Work.

Universal Periodic Review 2019

The Universal Periodic Review process was launched by the United Nations General Assembly in 2006 to provide for periodic examination of the human rights performance of all 193 UN Member States. It represents a significant strengthening of international human rights procedures. For more details click here The next US UPR runs from April 2019 through April 2020. All submissions of reports are due October 3, 2019.
The Human Rights Cities Alliance is organizing a UPR Cities Project to help cities and communities organize consultations and develop local reports that can both inform local leaders about human rights conditions and inform the national stakeholder report we will submit through the US Human Rights Network.


Relevant Prior Documentation

Official Reports

Civil Society/Stakeholder Reports


Other UN/Official Documentation on US Human Rights Practices
These reports are from other international review processes within the United Nations and/or the UN Human Rights Council. The United States Government is expected to take into account the recommendations of all of these various bodies, and the UPR process is where civil society groups can work to hold public officials accountable to these expectations. The reports below in particular speak to the concerns and needs of some of the most directly impacted communities in the United States.

Other International Monitoring Bodies and Oversight Procedures

Learning Tools

Background on International Human Rights Review Processes

Toolkits and Templates
Tips for Preparing a Report to International Human Rights Review Processes
Expert working group on People of African Descent: Submission Template for US Civil Society