Using the Recent Universal Periodic Review as a Framework for Accountability for Excessive Use of Force by Police in the United States

In the recent Universal Periodic Review (UPR) by the Human Right Council, the United States received thirty recommendations from countries around the world calling for it to address excessive use of force by police. Many issues around officer-involved killings in the United States fall squarely within international law prohibiting excessive use of force. The Department … Continue reading Using the Recent Universal Periodic Review as a Framework for Accountability for Excessive Use of Force by Police in the United States

As the US Launches Its Run for a Seat on the UN Human Rights Council, It Should Seek to Reform Its Own Ambivalence Toward International Human Rights Law

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When the US returned to the UN Human Rights Council as an observer in January 2021, it promptly announced that it would run for a seat on the Council. The Biden administration says it agrees with some criticisms of the Council, but that it will be best positioned to reform the Council when it again has a seat … Continue reading As the US Launches Its Run for a Seat on the UN Human Rights Council, It Should Seek to Reform Its Own Ambivalence Toward International Human Rights Law

High Hopes for Substantial Progress on the Death Penalty Tempered by Mild Rhetoric from US Human Rights Council Delegation

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A wide view during the 19th Session Human Rights Council. 15 March 2012. Photo by Jean-Marc FerrŽ As the Trump administration drew to a close, anti-death penalty advocates were devastated by an unprecedented series of federal executions. Candidate, and later President-Elect Joe Biden, expressed his opposition to the death penalty as the killing spree continued, leading death penalty opponents to … Continue reading High Hopes for Substantial Progress on the Death Penalty Tempered by Mild Rhetoric from US Human Rights Council Delegation

At the UN Human Rights Council, Biden Administration Does an About-Face from Trump Administration Stance on Systemic Racism

The US delegation appeared before the US Human Rights Council in Geneva this morning for the interactive dialogue on the outcome of the Council’s Universal Periodic review of human rights in the United States. As we mentioned in our preview of the appearance yesterday, the written submission by the US indicating whether it accepted the recommendations made … Continue reading At the UN Human Rights Council, Biden Administration Does an About-Face from Trump Administration Stance on Systemic Racism

The U.S. Returns to the UN Human Rights Council

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In its first major outing following its return to the UN Human Rights Council, the US delegation will participate on Wednesday, March 17, in an interactive debate on the outcome of the Council’s Universal Periodic Review of human rights in the US. Since the review took place in November of 2020, there’s been both a change of … Continue reading The U.S. Returns to the UN Human Rights Council

Using the UN to Stand Up Against Racism in the U.S.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bKnSMP_LU_Y&feature=youtu.be   The Advocates for Human Rights has Special Consultative status with the United Nations, allowing us to bring matters of concern to the attention of the UN human rights mechanisms. Volunteer Veronica Clark presented The Advocates for Human Rights' statement on racism in the United States at the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, … Continue reading Using the UN to Stand Up Against Racism in the U.S.