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The Identity Project and the US Human Rights Network: Submission to the ICCPR

Jan 14, 2019

Today, the Identity Project and the US Human Rights Network submitted a joint issue recommendation to the UN Human Rights Committee (UNHRC) - Lack of Remedies for Violations of the ICCPR by the USA (ICCPR Articles 2 & 40) - to be included in the upcoming periodic review of US implementation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR).

The issue recommendation noted that “The U.S. should enact legislation implementing and effectuating the ICCPR by giving U.S. federal and state courts jurisdiction to hear cases arising under the ICCPR, and creating a federal cause of action for violations of the ICCPR.”

This March, the UNHRC will adopt a list of issues that it will focus on its next review of the US. Following a report from the US government on those issues, the UNHRC will conduct its fifth review of US implementation of the ICCPR in Geneva in 2020 or 2021.

Download submission: USHRN_IP_CCPR_LOI_USA_E