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Universal Periodic Review

The world weighs in on Thailand's human rights

Rachael Willis | Posted 05.19.2016 | World
Rachael Willis

Photo credit: UN via Flickr Any illusions that Thailand is a functioning democratic state were laid to rest last week when it appeared before the UN'...

UN Issues Scathing Assessment of U.S. Human Rights Record

Jamil Dakwar | Posted 05.15.2016 | Politics
Jamil Dakwar

While in some areas, like LGBT rights and freedom of speech, the United States' human rights record fares far better than that of other parts of the world, in many areas -- including national security, criminal justice, social and economic rights, and immigration policy -- the U.S. has an abysmal record compared to other liberal democracies.

UN Reviews Show Dysfunction of Human Rights Discourse and Practice

Aaron Rhodes | Posted 07.13.2013 | World
Aaron Rhodes

No one should be surprised by the politicization of human rights in the United Nations. And in principle, criticisms of a state's human rights record should not necessarily be delegitimized by the political system of the state making those criticisms.

When are Budget Cuts 'Too Deep'?

Maria Foscarinis | Posted 06.08.2011 | Impact
Maria Foscarinis

The public debate about the budget crisis is increasingly disconnected from any sense of priority or purpose. Are proposed cuts to safety net programs "too deep"?

While Manning Languishes in Military Custody, U.N. Calls for Accountability for Torture

Jennifer Turner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Jennifer Turner

The Obama administration must back up its promises with concrete steps to investigate all senior civilian and military government officials who authorized and facilitated torture.

Hypocrisy on Human Rights: Obama Administration Offers Words but No Action on Economic and Social Rights

Anja Rudiger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Anja Rudiger

If the government was serious about meeting its human rights obligations, it would design spending that meets people's fundamental needs, such as education, housing, health care, and work.

U.S. Should Uphold Homeless Promises To U.N.

Maria Foscarinis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Maria Foscarinis

Pushing the Administration to make good on its commitments to the world community will be critical -- and challenging. Will the Administration bring its commitments to bear at home?

From Rhetoric to Reality: The Time has Come for the Obama Administration to Take Concrete Steps to Adopt International Human Rights Standards

JoAnn Kamuf Ward | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
JoAnn Kamuf Ward

The U.S. reached a milestone last week when it underwent the first comprehensive review of its human rights record as part of the Universal Periodic R...

From Indiana to Palestine: Bring the Change We Need Home from Geneva

Nahal Zamani | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Nahal Zamani

Last week, the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) traveled to Geneva, Switzerland to participate in the United Nations' Universal Periodic Review ...

Homelessness, Human Rights and the United States

Maria Foscarinis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Maria Foscarinis

Homelessness is increasing in record numbers across the United States, as more and more people are affected by the foreclosure crisis and continuing high unemployment.

Why the United States Fails to Recognize Economic and Social Rights

Anja Rudiger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Anja Rudiger

A critique on the eve of the first ever UN review of the U.S. human rights record In advance of the United Nations hearing on the U.S. human rights r...

One in Seven Live in Poverty -- and Counting

Maria Foscarinis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Maria Foscarinis

This number reflects a record increase in poverty over the previous year. But it does not capture many of those who are suffering the most: homeless Americans.

The U.S. Human Rights Report: Courage and Candor Are Signs of Strength

Wade Henderson, Esq. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Wade Henderson, Esq.

Last year, I was part of an official U.S. delegation that met with members of the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva. President Obama had just given ...