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

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

3 Ways to Say #WaterIsAHumanRight On World Water Day!


Today, the US Human Rights Network joins people across the world to celebrate and recognize World Water Day. Today and everyday, we say: "Water is a human right!" 

3 Ways to Say #WaterIsAHumanRight On World Water Day!

Help us take our work to the next level in 2017!

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Help us take our work to the next level in 2017!


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TAKE ACTION: UNHRC urgent debate on race-based human rights violations

Our collective voice has been heard! The UN Human Rights Council will be holding an urgent debate on “race-based human rights violations, systemic racism, police violence against persons of African descent, and violence against peaceful protests." This unprecedented meeting will take place on Wednesday, June 17 at 3:00pm Geneva time (9:00am New York time).


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Submission to Special Rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism call: Combatting glorification of Nazism, neo-Nazism and other practices that contribute to fueling contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance


600+ organizations signed onto our request for a Special Session of the Human Rights Council on police violence in the US

We are so moved by the outpouring of support we have received in less just a few days - thank you to all of our members and partners who signed on to our letter requesting a Special Session of the Human Rights Council.


Urgent Sign-On: Calling for a Human Rights Council Special Session on Police Violence

Please join the families of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Michael Brown, who have endorsed this letter calling on the Human Rights Council to convene a Special Session on the grave human rights crisis born out of the repression of nationwide protests in response to the police killing of George Floyd.


TAKE ACTION: Help protestors who have been detained + Member survey

This has been an overwhelming weekend for many of us. Many people have faced violence, brutality, arrest, detention, and more. We are with you and we are here to support you.


List of actions to help release local protestors

If you need national support to release protestors from detention in your city, please email the information to us at with the subject “Protest Action + your city”.