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Dear US Human Rights Network,

We write today to share the difficult news that we are pausing the Network’s operations for an indefinite period of time, starting October 20, 2021.

After months of thought work and reflecting on our stewardship and fiduciary responsibilities, we, the Board of USHRN, have taken the difficult decision to center the health of the Network and its legacy as a key mover of the human rights movement in the United States. This decision to pause Network activities will give us and you, the membership, the opportunity to rethink the next iteration of the Network in ways it can be healthy, thriving and nurturing of our people-centered human rights movement. 

Please give us grace as we work through this critical responsibility, and we look forward to inviting the full Network community into the conversation as soon as we are able. If you have questions in the meantime, please feel free to be in touch with us at

In community,


Molefi Askari, Chair

Eric Tars, Vice-chair/Treasurer/Secretary

Noel Didla, Member


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TwelveTen March 2016
We remember the life and work of our sister in the struggle for human rights, Berta Cáceres. Having just commemorated World Water Day, we recognize that her life was stolen as she defended the land of the indigenous Lenca people of Honduras against profiteering interests to build a dam that would cut off the water supply for so many Lenca people and impinge on their right to live off their land

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TwelveTen January 2016


Since last Tuesday, the UN Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent (UNWGEPAD) has been visiting the US for a fact-finding mission on the experiences of people of African descent in the United States. On Friday, January 29, they will release their preliminary findings at a press conference at noon EST at the UN Information Center in Washington DC. 


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Today, December 18th, is International Migrants Day - and we say "Migration is a Human Right!"

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Invitation Webinar: The impact of COVID-19 on the right to adequate housing: Local government perspectives

The UN Special Rapporteur on the right to adequate housing Mr. Balakrishnan Rajagopal and the Global Parliament of Mayors (GPM) invite you to the webinar “The impact of COVID-19 on the right to adequate housing: local government perspectives” on Wednesday 24 June, 15.00-17.00 hrs CEST.



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The Human Rights Council will hold an urgent debate on Wednesday 17 June at 15h00 CEST that will focus on the “current racially inspired human rights violations, systemic racism, police brutality and the violence against peaceful protest”.


Resources/Statements Regarding 6/17 UNHRC Urgent Debate

List of statements and resources regarding tomorrow's historic UN Human Rights Council Urgent Debate on police violence and systemic racism.


Special Rapporteur Calls for UN to Establish a Commission of Inquiry on Systemic Racism and Law Enforcement in the United States

United Nations Special Rapporteur on Racism E. Tendayi Achiume published an article on Just Security on June 16, 2020.


CERD Statement on the Protests against Systemic Racism in the United States

This statement is issued by independent experts* of the Special Procedures of the United Nations Human Rights Council.