UNA-USA Submits Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Report
September 19, 2014| by Ryan Kaminski
The report, the first-ever UPR submission from UNA-USA, was compiled through a UNA-USA nationwide consultation process that took place from March until August 2014. The process involved five UPR consultation events among UNA-USA chapters. These participatory, consultative events were held at UNA-Georgetown (March 28); UNA-Greater Chicago (May 1); UNA-Southern New York State (May 21); the UNA-USA annual meeting in Washington, DC (June 9); and UNA-Phoenix (August 16). Collectively, the events featured more than 100 participants both in person and via online communication platforms, with input integrated from the East Coast of the United States to the Hawaiian Islands. The consultations focused on the four primary themes including LGBT rights, empowering women and girls, combatting human trafficking, and human rights treaties. Participants, ranging from 25 to 35 per consultation, were asked to share their direct, firsthand experiences on the domestic U.S. human rights record and to offer constructive ideas, suggestions and recommendations for the U.S. moving forward. Participants included a diverse group of American and non-American college and high school students, community leaders, non-profit leaders, private sector entrepreneurs, human rights advocates, public sector retirees and legal professionals.
In drafting and compiling this report, UNA-USA has identified prominent trends, recommendations and other content that emerged from the 2014 UPR consultations. The official UPR of the United States is scheduled for May 2015 in Geneva, where the Human Rights Council is based.