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'''International Human Rights Monitoring'''
 
'''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 [http://ushrnetwork.org/ 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.
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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 [http://ushrnetwork.org/ 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. [https://ushrnetwork.org/our-work/international-mechanisms See this link to the US Human Rights Network-International Mechanisms Work].
  
 
=Universal Periodic Review 2019=
 
=Universal Periodic Review 2019=
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''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.'' [https://www.ohchr.org/en/hrbodies/upr/pages/uprmain.aspx 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''.''' <br>
 
'''The next US UPR runs from April 2019 through April 2020. All submissions of reports are due ''October 3, 2019''.''' <br>
 
''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.''<br>
 
''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.''<br>
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===Relevant Prior Documentation===
 
===Relevant Prior Documentation===
  
<big>'''Official Reports'''</big>
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<big>Official Reports</big>
 
*'''[https://www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/UPR/Pages/USIndex.aspx Prior UPR Reviews of US Human Rights Record]'''
 
*'''[https://www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/UPR/Pages/USIndex.aspx Prior UPR Reviews of US Human Rights Record]'''
 
**[https://documents-dds-ny.un.org/doc/UNDOC/GEN/G15/159/71/PDF/G1515971.pdf?OpenElement 2015 Official Report of the UPR Working Group of the UN Human Rights Council]
 
**[https://documents-dds-ny.un.org/doc/UNDOC/GEN/G15/159/71/PDF/G1515971.pdf?OpenElement 2015 Official Report of the UPR Working Group of the UN Human Rights Council]
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**[https://documents-dds-ny.un.org/doc/UNDOC/GEN/G11/100/69/PDF/G1110069.pdf?OpenElement 2011 Official Report of the UPR Working Group of the UN Human Rights Council]
 
**[https://documents-dds-ny.un.org/doc/UNDOC/GEN/G11/100/69/PDF/G1110069.pdf?OpenElement 2011 Official Report of the UPR Working Group of the UN Human Rights Council]
  
'''<big>Civil Society/Stakeholder Reports</big>'''
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<big>Civil Society/Stakeholder Reports</big>
 
**[https://ushrnetwork.org/uploads/Resources/2015-05-08_ushrn_upr_usa_advocacy_docs_compilation.pdf 2015 US Human Rights Network UPR Stakeholder Report] This report compiles documentation from grassroots human rights organizations across the United States working to advance people-centered human rights.
 
**[https://ushrnetwork.org/uploads/Resources/2015-05-08_ushrn_upr_usa_advocacy_docs_compilation.pdf 2015 US Human Rights Network UPR Stakeholder Report] This report compiles documentation from grassroots human rights organizations across the United States working to advance people-centered human rights.
 
**[https://www.prrac.org/pdf/USHRN_Overarching_UPR_Report.pdf 2010 Shadow Report- USHRN]
 
**[https://www.prrac.org/pdf/USHRN_Overarching_UPR_Report.pdf 2010 Shadow Report- USHRN]
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<big>Other Documentation on US Human Rights Practices</big>
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<big>Other UN/Official Documentation on US Human Rights Practices</big> <br/>
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''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.''<br/>
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*[http://ap.ohchr.org/documents/dpage_e.aspx?si=A/HRC/33/61/Add.2 UN Expert Working Group on People of African Descent-US Country Report]
 
*[http://ap.ohchr.org/documents/dpage_e.aspx?si=A/HRC/33/61/Add.2 UN Expert Working Group on People of African Descent-US Country Report]
 
*[https://ushrnetwork.org/2018/12/USHRN-Report-2018-Status-of-Human-Rights-in-the-US USHRN Report: 2018 Status of Human Rights in the United States]
 
*[https://ushrnetwork.org/2018/12/USHRN-Report-2018-Status-of-Human-Rights-in-the-US USHRN Report: 2018 Status of Human Rights in the United States]
 
*[https://documents-dds-ny.un.org/doc/UNDOC/GEN/G18/125/30/PDF/G1812530.pdf?OpenElement 2018 Report of the Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights on US Country Visit]
 
*[https://documents-dds-ny.un.org/doc/UNDOC/GEN/G18/125/30/PDF/G1812530.pdf?OpenElement 2018 Report of the Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights on US Country Visit]
 
*[https://www.ohchr.org/EN/Issues/Racism/WGAfricanDescent/Pages/Communications.aspx UN Working Group on People of African Descent-Communications/Complaint Procedure]<br>
 
*[https://www.ohchr.org/EN/Issues/Racism/WGAfricanDescent/Pages/Communications.aspx UN Working Group on People of African Descent-Communications/Complaint Procedure]<br>
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*[https://www.law.columbia.edu/sites/default/files/microsites/human-rights-institute/files/cerd_shadow_report_state_and_local_implementation_-_final.pdf State and Local Government Shadow Report for the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination]
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*[https://tbinternet.ohchr.org/_layouts/treatybodyexternal/Download.aspx?symbolno=INT%2fCCPR%2fICS%2fUSA%2f33413&Lang=en Report on State and Local Governmnents Compliance with the International Convention on Civil and Political Rights-List of Issues in Shadow Report]
  
 
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=[https://www.ohchr.org/EN/Issues/Pages/ListofIssues.aspx Other International Monitoring Bodies and Oversight Procedures]=
===[https://www.ohchr.org/EN/Issues/Pages/ListofIssues.aspx Other International Monitoring Bodies and Oversight Procedures]===  
 
 
*[https://www.ohchr.org/EN/ProfessionalInterest/Pages/UniversalHumanRightsInstruments.aspx Links to All International Human Rights Mechanisms]
 
*[https://www.ohchr.org/EN/ProfessionalInterest/Pages/UniversalHumanRightsInstruments.aspx Links to All International Human Rights Mechanisms]
 
*[https://www.ohchr.org/EN/Issues/Racism/WGAfricanDescent/Pages/WGEPADIndex.aspx UN Expert Working Group on People of African Descent]
 
*[https://www.ohchr.org/EN/Issues/Racism/WGAfricanDescent/Pages/WGEPADIndex.aspx UN Expert Working Group on People of African Descent]
 
*[https://www.ohchr.org/EN/Issues/Poverty/Pages/SRExtremePovertyIndex.aspx Special Rapporteur on Poverty]
 
*[https://www.ohchr.org/EN/Issues/Poverty/Pages/SRExtremePovertyIndex.aspx Special Rapporteur on Poverty]
 
*[https://www.ohchr.org/EN/Issues/Housing/Pages/HousingIndex.aspx Special Rapporteur on adequate housing]
 
*[https://www.ohchr.org/EN/Issues/Housing/Pages/HousingIndex.aspx Special Rapporteur on adequate housing]
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**[http://wiki.humanrightscities.mayfirst.org/index.php?title=Housing_is_a_Human_Right! Take action on the Human Right to Housing-Special initiative to hold officials accountable]
 
*[https://www.ohchr.org/EN/Issues/Environment/SREnvironment/Pages/SRenvironmentIndex.aspx Special Rapporteur on human rights and the environment]
 
*[https://www.ohchr.org/EN/Issues/Environment/SREnvironment/Pages/SRenvironmentIndex.aspx Special Rapporteur on human rights and the environment]
 
*[https://www.ohchr.org/EN/Issues/Food/Pages/FoodIndex.aspx Special Rapporteur on the right to food]
 
*[https://www.ohchr.org/EN/Issues/Food/Pages/FoodIndex.aspx Special Rapporteur on the right to food]
 
*[https://www.ohchr.org/EN/Issues/Health/Pages/SRRightHealthIndex.aspx Special Rapporteur on the right to health]
 
*[https://www.ohchr.org/EN/Issues/Health/Pages/SRRightHealthIndex.aspx Special Rapporteur on the right to health]
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**[https://www.who.int/publications/almaata_declaration_en.pdf Declaration of Alma Ata 1978]
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**[https://www.who.int/docs/default-source/primary-health/declaration/gcphc-declaration.pdf Declaration of Astana 2018]
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=Learning Tools=
  
===Learning Tools: Background on International Human Rights Review Processes===
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<big>Background on International Human Rights Review Processes</big>
 
*[https://www.law.columbia.edu/system/files/private_file/advancing_racial_justice_and_human_rights_-_2018_hri_cle_conference_report.pdf Advancing Racial Justice and Human Rights:  Rights-Based Strategies for the Current Era]: ''On June 1, 2018, the Human Rights Institute at Columbia University Law School convened its 15th annual CLE Symposium  on Human Rights in  the  United  States, a signature  event  of  the Human Rights Institute’s [https://www.law.columbia.edu/human-rights-institute/bhrh-lawyers-network Bringing Human Rights Home Lawyers’ Network]. The  day-long  event  brought  together  more  than  150  leading  U.S.  lawyers,  activists,  and academics,  along  with  federal  and  local  government  representatives  to  share  strategies  to  advance racial justice within a domestic and global context increasingly hostile to human rights.''
 
*[https://www.law.columbia.edu/system/files/private_file/advancing_racial_justice_and_human_rights_-_2018_hri_cle_conference_report.pdf Advancing Racial Justice and Human Rights:  Rights-Based Strategies for the Current Era]: ''On June 1, 2018, the Human Rights Institute at Columbia University Law School convened its 15th annual CLE Symposium  on Human Rights in  the  United  States, a signature  event  of  the Human Rights Institute’s [https://www.law.columbia.edu/human-rights-institute/bhrh-lawyers-network Bringing Human Rights Home Lawyers’ Network]. The  day-long  event  brought  together  more  than  150  leading  U.S.  lawyers,  activists,  and academics,  along  with  federal  and  local  government  representatives  to  share  strategies  to  advance racial justice within a domestic and global context increasingly hostile to human rights.''
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*[https://www.law.columbia.edu/sites/default/files/microsites/human-rights-institute/hri_iaohra_public_comment_usccr_in_re_are_rights_a_reality.12.17.18.corrected_final.pdf  Submission to the US Commission on Civil Rights regarding the importance of a national human rights infrastructure, from the perspective of HRI and state and local agencies]
 
*[https://www.ohchr.org/Documents/Publications/PTS20_HRTB_Training_Guide_PartI.pdf UN Training Manual]  
 
*[https://www.ohchr.org/Documents/Publications/PTS20_HRTB_Training_Guide_PartI.pdf UN Training Manual]  
 
*[https://www.ohchr.org/Documents/Publications/HRhandbooken.pdf UN Human Rights Handbook]
 
*[https://www.ohchr.org/Documents/Publications/HRhandbooken.pdf UN Human Rights Handbook]
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*[https://web.law.columbia.edu/sites/default/files/microsites/human-rights-institute/files/special_rapporteurs_report_final.pdf Guide for advocates “Engaging UN Special Procedures to Advance Human Rights at Home”]
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*[https://www.law.columbia.edu/sites/default/files/microsites/human-rights-institute/desk_reference.pdf Desk Reference for State and Local Human Rights Agencies]
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*[https://web.law.columbia.edu/sites/default/files/microsites/human-rights-institute/files/UPR%20Toolkit_0.pdf Implementing Recommendations from the Universal Periodic Review: A Toolkit for State and Local Human Rights and Human Relations Commissions]
  
==Toolkits and Templates==
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<big>Toolkits and Templates</big><br/>
 
[[Tips for Preparing a Report to International Human Rights Review Processes]] <br/>
 
[[Tips for Preparing a Report to International Human Rights Review Processes]] <br/>
 
[https://ushrnetwork.org/uploads/ushrn_unwgepad_uscivilsociety_submission_template_0%20(1).doc Expert working group on People of African Descent: Submission Template for US Civil Society]
 
[https://ushrnetwork.org/uploads/ushrn_unwgepad_uscivilsociety_submission_template_0%20(1).doc Expert working group on People of African Descent: Submission Template for US Civil Society]

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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