Civil Society Sponsored Constructive Dialogue in Advance of the May 2015 Universal Periodic Review (UPR)
Hosted by the U.S. Human Rights Network and the Columbia Law School Human Rights Institute
UN Church Center
777 1st Avenue, East 44th Street, 10th Floor
New York, NY 10017
March 27, 2015, 9:30 am – 12:00 pm EST
The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) was established by the UN General Assembly as a peer review of the human rights record of all UN Member States. The ultimate aim of the Review is to improve the human rights situation in all countries, and hold governments accountable to their commitments and obligations. The United States is scheduled to participate in its second UPR by the UN Human Rights Council on May 11, 2015, in Geneva.
In anticipation of the second U.S. UPR review, the U.S. Human Rights Network and the Columbia Law School Human Rights Institute are hosting an event to give U.S. civil society an opportunity to share their perspective on human rights concerns with UN mission representatives. These conversations will inform the questions and recommendations that countries offer during the Review in Geneva.
The event will begin with a welcome keynote by Ejim Dike, executive director of the U.S. Human Rights Network, followed by brief (one-minute) presentations from human rights advocates. We will conclude with the opportunity for human rights advocates and UN mission representatives to discuss specific issues. Lunch will be provided.
9:30 am: Registration and Opening Remarks (coffee will be served)
10:00 am: Advocate Presentations
11:00 am-noon: Table Talks
Lunch will follow
Please RSVP to UPR327@gmail.com
In your RSVP, please include the following:
(1) Full name; (2) Organizational affiliation (if any); (3) Advocacy issue; (4) USHRN Working Group (if any); (5) Whether you will be giving brief (no longer than one-minute) prepared statement