You may know that May 11 was the original date for the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of the United States, which was supposed to take place at the United Nations headquarters in Geneva. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the review was postponed until November 2020.
For grassroots organizations who have been advocating around the UPR process and preparing for May 11, the postponement of the review provides an opportunity for us to further advocate around our issue areas, including demanding that the US abide by its human rights obligations in its response to COVID-19.
That's why we're calling for a Day of Action on Monday, May 11, 2020.
Here's how you can participate:
1. Read and share the US Human Right Network's 2019-2020 Human Rights Report, which will feature the stories of 10 grassroots activists. The report will be released via www.upr2020.org on May 11 - help us share the news with the hashtags #HRR2020, #GrowingGrassroots and #HumanRightsAtHome and tag us @ushrn on Twitter and @ushrnetwork on IG.
2. Participate in a UPR Cities Webinar on "Protecting People & Advancing Dignity Economies" at 1pm PT / 3pm CT / 4pm ET. The virtual gathering is aimed at helping community advocates learn how to use the UPR process to advocate for their communities. You'll hear about the world’s first national cities stakeholder report to the UN; organizers from New Orleans, Washington DC, and Pittsburgh will show how the UPR can help local organizing; and you'll learn about the Southern Mayors’ Human Rights Agenda and how it can help define the kind of post-COVID-19 city we all need. Participate via this link: http://b.link/C2C110513
3. Check out and share this short video by PJ Starr, which highlights the April 15 briefing to UN diplomats, where seven key issue areas were presented by our members and partners. Watch the full briefing video and access the presentations on the UPR 2020 Resources page.