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Public Comment on the Commission on Unalienable Rights Report

Jul 28, 2020

On July 16, 2020, the Commission on Unalienable Rights released its first report which seeks to redefine and hierarchize human rights, uplifting specific rights while degrading other rights as “divisive.” We believe that this report is intended to delegitimize international human rights bodies and the human rights framework, and to legitimize and accelerate policies that further oppress already marginalized groups including women and LGBTQIA+ people.

The Commission’s report is open for public comment until July 30, 2020. Please consider submitting a public comment via commission@state.gov in order to demonstrate widespread opposition to the report and the nefarious effort to dismantle the human rights framework that it represents.

Learn about Human Rights First's open letter rejecting the Commission's report.

View the Commission's draft report.

View public comments already submitted to the Commission.


Public Comment on the Commission on Unalienable Rights Report, Submitted by the US Human Rights Network on July 28, 2020:


The US Human Rights Network firmly objects to the Commission on Unalienable Rights [the Commission] and its recent report. The US Human Rights Network is a national coalition of over 300 grassroots member organizations and hundreds more individual activists who work on a wide array of human rights issues across the country. It is our view that the situation of human rights in the United States is in a state of crisis, and that the Commission’s report not only ignores this domestic crisis, but also that the report seeks to legitimize and accelerate policies that further oppress already marginalized groups including women and LGBTQIA+ people by creating a false and dangerous “hierarchy of rights” that uplifts specific rights while degrading other rights as “divisive.” 


The US Human Rights Network stands firmly with groups who continue to be most affected by ongoing human rights violations within the United States including Indigenous Peoples, Black people, other people of color, LGBTQIA+ people, women, disabled people, poor people, and others. We will continue to expose human rights abuses including state violence perpetrated by the federal government, to support the domestic human rights movement and uplift grassroots resistance, and to bring human rights issues in the United States to international human rights bodies including the United Nations.