This week marks the first comprehensive review of the U.S. human rights record on an international stage. On November 5, 2010 the UN Human Rights Council will question the U.S. about its past human rights record under a process known as the Universal Periodic Review (UPR). The UN Human Rights Council will ask the U.S. government about actions it plans to take to improve the human rights situation in the country and make recommendations that the U.S. should follow to fulfill its obligations.
In preparation for this review, human rights groups from across the U.S. came together to spotlight the shortcomings of the country’s human rights protections and practices. The U.S. Human Rights Network (USHRN), which consists of over 300 prominent human rights organizations and community groups, produced a lengthy report detailing the glaring inadequacies in the United States’ human rights record, talked with international and U.S. government officials and collected video testimony from individuals across the U.S.
This week, we will be bringing you video straight from the UN in Geneva leading up to the review this Friday. We hope this short series will provide insight into the breadth of issues being discussed at the UN Human Rights Council and outline why your support in pressuring the U.S. government to implement UN recommendations over the next four years until the next review in 2014 will count.
For more information on the UN’s review of the U.S. human rights record and to support the initial recommendations that will be announced next Tuesday, visit the USHRN’s UPR Project page.