US Human Rights Network Blog

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Join us for our first membership meeting of 2019

Join us USHRN for our first membership meeting of 2019 on Thursday, January 31 at 1PM EST, 11AM MST, 10AM PST. 

2019 Membership Call

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Reminder: ICCPR Submissions due January 14, 2019

Submit your issues to the Human Rights Committee of the United Nations as the US faces a review of ICCPR commitments.

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Action: File ICCPR Issues in January 2019

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Submit your issues for the US government's periodic report to the ICCPR. Deadline: January 14, 2019.

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2018 Status of Human Rights in the US: a USHRN Report

ushrn_report_2018_1The US Human Rights Network (USHRN) is pleased to release its seventh annual report on the status of human rights in the United States on December 10th in honor of Human Rights Day.

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FIHRE 3 Session Now Taking Place in Phoenix, Arizona

USHRN's Fighting Injustice through Human Rights Education (FIHRE) training program is taking place in Phoenix, Arizona from 4-6 December 2018.

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Civil Society meeting with Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent (WGEPAD)

USHRN hosts a meeting with members of the Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent (WGEPAD) on October 31, 2018 in NY.

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Listening session with Special Rapporteur on Trafficking in Persons, Dr. Maria Grazia Giammarinaro

The US Human Rights Network hosted a briefing and listening session with the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Trafficking in Persons, Dr. Maria Grazia Giammarinaro in NY. 

Breifing with SR on Trafficking 2018

 

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FIHRE II Fellows Announced

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The US Human Rights Network is proud to announce the fellows for the second FIHRE of 2018, with a focus on Pan-African Femme organizations based in the South.

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A Template to Submit Information to the UN Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent

140529_nx15a_mlarge_fanon_mendes_france_sn635_0Overview: The following is a suggested template for U.S. Civil Society submissions to the UN Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent[UNWGEPAD or Working Group].

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USHRN Statement on US Withdrawal from UN Human Rights Council

ushrn_image_for_hrc_statement2The unfortunate decision of the US government to withdraw from the UN Human Rights Council comes amid significant criticism of US human rights violations, including separating immigrating families at the southern border...

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USHRN Statement -on the Removal of Immigrant Children from Parents at the Border

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The US Human Rights Network (USHRN) strongly condemns the United States (US) practice of separating immigrating children and parents at the US border. USHRN, its members and allies, denounce and call for an immediate end to this cruel and immoral policy.

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Meet our 2018 FIHRE Fellows

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We are excited to announce our 2018 FIHRE Fellows for the summer 2018 cohort of Fighting Injustice with Human Rights Education (FIHRE)!

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Keynote Speakers - Advancing Human Rights 20017

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US Human Rights Network is excited to announce three dynamic speakers delivering Keynote Addresses during the7th Biennial National Convening: Advancing Human Rights 2017. 
 

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USHRN Congratulates its 2017 Human Rights Movement Builders Award Honorees

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During the 7th Biennial National Convening: Advancing Human Rights 2017, USHRN honored 9 recipients for the Human Rights Movement Builders Award.

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Human Rights in Times of Crisis: August 2017 Message from ED

a_message_from_the_ed_slideshow_image_augustMy work in the human rights sector, while pruned by academia, was catalyzed by crisis. Twelve years ago, Hurricane Katrina ravaged the Gulf Coast and in the time since, I have been directly involved in the fight for the human right to return and recover.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to our family, friends and allies facing crisis in South Texas and South Louisiana as Hurricane Harvey completes his path.

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USHRN Statement on the Presidential Pardon of Arpaio

resist_and_defend_human_rights_slideshowAtlanta, GA - Last week, President Trump pardoned former Arizona Sheriff, Joe Arpaio, who was convicted for criminal contempt for disobeying a federal court judge’s order to stop the unconstitutional practice of imprisoning individuals based solely on suspicion about their immigration status.  

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Historic Southern Communities Welcome Sen. Cory Booker for Environmental & Climate Justice Tour

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Atlanta, GA -- Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ) will visit advocates and community leaders in the Gulf South this weekend to gain a deeper understanding of the southern movements for environmental justice and the impact that climate change is having on the region, its infrastructure and citizens.

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June 2017 Executive Director Message: "Liberation and Strategic Vision"

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The long memories found in historic coastal communities like Africatown in Mobile, Alabama or Houma tribal lands in Dulac, Louisiana tell us that the summer heat brings summer storms. Our current political climate seems to affirm the traditional knowledge that now is the season for preparation and readiness -- which begs two critical questions: what are we preparing for? And are we ready?

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Advancing Human Rights 2017: Conference Supporters

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Advancing Human Rights 2017 Conference Supporters

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ED Message: Women, Water, and Human Rights

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March was the month to really celebrate women and their role in the human rights movements around the globe. In addition to being Women’s History Month, March calls for the honor and recognition of International Women of Colour Day (March 1), International Women’s Day (March 8) and World Water Day (March 22).  

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February 2017 ED Message

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As I assumed my new role as the Executive Director of the US Human Rights Network (USHRN), the communities I care most about braced for a new federal administration brought to power using fear, hate, division, exploitation, greed, and extraction. 

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Landfill drops defamation suit against the BBC!

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“In Uniontown, we are fighting for so much: our health, our environment, clean air, clean water, and access to justice. And if we want to fight, first we need to speak out about what is happening in our community. We’re not afraid to speak out, and I want people to know that they shouldn’t be afraid either,” said Esther Calhoun, one of the Uniontown residents Green Group accused of defamation.

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USHRN Board Chair on Special Rapporteur Visit

UN Special Rapporteur on Trafficking Recommends that the U.S. Adopt a Stronger Focus on Labor Exploitation and Cease Prostitution Arrests

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Blog post on FIHRE from 2015 Fellow, Adofo Minka

As a 2015 Fighting Injustice through Human Rights Education (FIHRE) fellow, I felt that FIHRE  provided a space where people from different backgrounds, geographical regions, generations and understandings of human rights could come together and share their experiences and what they have found to be best practices to advance human rights work in the United States.

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