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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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UDHR Campaign 2015: Prison Birth Project

UDHR Campaign 2015 - Right to Motherhood and Childhood: The Prison Birth Project

Continuing our 2015 UDHR Campaign, we want to share more about the amazing work that the recipients of the 2015 U.S. Human Rights Movement Builders Awards. This week’s spotlight is the Prison Birth Project, out of Northampton, Massachusetts. if you haven't already done so, register today for the conference! Our scholarship applications close on September 30, just a little over two weeks away!

- The USHRN Coordinating Center

UDHR Campaign 2015: Prison Birth Project

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The Ferguson Action Team asks you to take action this Saturday, May 2, for Black Spring.

The eyes of the world are on Baltimore right now.  Again, working class young black people are coming together to speak truth to power. This fearless dedication to fighting for our rights is the backbone of our movement. Winter is over. It's time for #BlackSpring.

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Commission on Status of Women Meets March 9-20

CSW59/Beijing+20 (2015)

The fifty-ninth session of the Commission on the Status of Women will take place at United Nations Headquarters in New York from 9 to 20 March 2015. Representatives of Member States , UN entities, and ECOSOC-accredited non-governmental organizations (NGOs)  from all regions of the world attend the session.

Commission on Status of Women Meets March 9-20


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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.



Martin Luther King III calls for a United Nations Resolution on systemic racism and police violence in the US

The following written statement was delivered by Martin Luther King III, son of Martin Luther King Jr. and former US Human Rights Network Board Member, to foreign embassies requesting support for a Human Rights Council Resolution mandating an independent international commission of inquiry into systemic racism and police violence in the US.


CALL TO ACTION!: Adopt HRC resolution on systemic racism, police brutality and violence against peaceful protestors.

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.