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First-ever United Nations Human Rights Council review of the United States to raise questions of violations of rights of non-citizens
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First-ever United Nations Human Rights Council review of the United States to raise questions of violations of rights of non-citizens
 
What: Universal Periodic Review of the U.S. human rights record
When: Friday, November 5, 9am CET/GMT+1
Where: Palais des Nations, Geneva
 
Schedule of Events in Geneva (all times CET/GMT+1):
US Human Rights Network pre-review press conference – Thursday, November 4, 11am
UN Human Rights Council universal periodic review of the United States – Friday, November 5, 9am
US Human Rights Network post-review press conference – Friday, November 5, 12:15pm
US Government press conference – Friday, November 5, 2:15-3:00pm
US Department of State Town Hall Meeting – Friday, November 5, 3:30-5:00pm
 
Minneapolis (November 3, 2010) – Working in coordination with the US Human Rights Network, The Advocates for Human Rights led drafting of the submission to the UNHRC critical of the United States' human rights record regarding migrants, refugees, and asylum seekers. Questions submitted to the U.S. in advance of Friday’s review indicate serious questions from the world community about the treatment of non-citizens living in the United States.
The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) is a new human rights mechanism created by General Assembly Resolution 60/251 on 15 March, 2006. Administered by the Human Rights Council, the UPR is set up to act as a regular review process under the principle that all countries should be treated equally in the assessment of their human rights records. UPR also provides a forum for States to declare what they have done to forward human rights in their country and acts as a place to share best practices regarding the promotion and protection of human rights. 
 
The Advocates delegation includes Deputy Director Jennifer Prestholdt; Board President Jim Dorsey partner in the law firm Fredrikson & Byron, P.A.; James O’Neal, partner in the law firm of Faegre & Benson, L.L.P., and London-based volunteer Janet Munro-Nelson.
 
Updates from The Advocates’ delegation in Geneva can be found at http://www.theadvocatesforhumanrights.org/What_s_New.html. Proceedings of the UN Human Rights Council can be followed via webcast at http://www.un.org/webcast/unhrc/index.asp.
 
 
The Advocates for Human Rights is a volunteer-based non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion and protection of internationally recognized human rights. The Advocates investigates and exposes human rights violations; provides representation to immigrants and refugees who have suffered human rights abuses; trains and assists groups that protect human rights; and works through education and advocacy to engage the public, policymakers, and children about human rights issues. The Advocates for Human Rights holds Special Consultative Status with the United Nations.