Commission on Unalienable Rights

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo recently unveiled the draft report of the Commission on Unalienable Rights (Commission). The Commission is a political body created by Secretary Pompeo to perform a very specific, political function: to create an official U.S. State Department document that reflects his own view of human rights, narrowing the definition to undermine fundamental principles of international human rights law and backtrack on U.S. foreign policy objectives that provide protections for historically marginalized groups.

Read more about the Commission and why it is wrong on our blog, The Advocates Post.

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights and subsequent binding human rights treaties make it clear that human rights are universal, indivisible, interdependent, and interrelated. You can take action to refocus this administration on solving some of the human rights violations it has fueled through its reactionary policies on issues ranging from immigration, asylum, freedom of religion, systemic racism, and myriad due process and rule of law issues. The release of the draft report on July 16 began a two-week public comment period. The Commission welcomes all submissions. Please route them by July 29 to commission@state.gov and/or Designated Federal Officer Duncan Walker, who may be reached at walkerdh3@state.gov.