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Monday, 10/16/23: Experts to Discuss This Week’s U.N. Human Rights Committee Review of United States

***MEDIA ADVISORY***

October 16 at 11 a.m. ET/5 p.m. Geneva Time;

WHAT:

For the first time in nine years, the United Nations Human Rights Committee will review U.S. compliance with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR).

Ahead of the review, which will span Oct. 17 and 18 in Geneva, Switzerland, the Water Protector Legal Collective (WPLC) will join American Civil Liberties Union, Center for Constitutional Rights CCR, Prutehi Litekyan: Save Ritidian, Abolitionist Law Center, Feminist Women’s Health Center, directly impacted people, and other experts petitioning the U.N. to hold the U.S. government accountable for policies and practices that violate the treaty. More than 100 representatives from dozens of civil society organizations are in Geneva to hold the U.S. accountable during the ICCPR review.

The United States is obligated to abide by the ICCPR, which is one of only three international human rights treaties the country has ratified. Guided by input from participating civil society organizations, U.N. committee members will question U.S. federal, state, and local government officials. Publicly accessible via livestream, the review will focus on a range of fundamental human rights, including Indigenous rights, voting rights, freedom of expression, reproductive rights, criminal legal reform, immigrants’ rights, LGBTQ rights, and more.


WPLC filed a report on Self-determination of Indigenous Peoples, the criminalization of Water Protectors, the longest-serving Political Prisoner Leonard Peltier, the struggle for water, and protection of Sacred Sites. Other civil society organizations submitted reports to the committee last month ahead of the review, including on topics such as colonialism in U.S. territories, criminal law reform, separation of families at the border and under the child welfare system, the desecration of sacred Indigenous sites, and the need to establish a National Human Rights Institution in the United States. See all filed submissions here.


WHO:

Speakers include:

  • Jamil Dakwar, Director, Human Rights Program, American Civil Liberties Union

  • Monaeka Toves Flores, Core Organizer and Director, Prutehi Litekyan: Save Ritidian

  • Robert Saleem Holbrook, Executive Director of Abolitionist Law Center

  • Diala Shamas, Senior Attorney at the Center for Constitutional Rights

  • Kwajelyn Jackson, Executive Director of Feminist Women’s Health Center and Board member of the Abortion Care Alliance and Black Mamas Matter Alliance

Other experts will be on hand to answer questions, and other speakers may be added prior to event time.

WHEN:

Monday, October 16, 2023 at 11 a.m. ET/5 p.m. Geneva time

WHERE:

In-person:

Hôtel Mon Repos

Rue de Lausanne 131

1202 Genève, Switzerland

Reporters will have the opportunity to ask questions at the close of the briefing.


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