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Pittsburgh & the World--Bringing Human Rights Home

In 2019-2020, the United States is undergoing a comprehensive human rights assessment through the United Nation’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) process. Pittsburgh community leaders will be working with other Human Rights Cities to provide local documentation and recommendations for this review of the US human rights record (See: UPR Cities Project). A UPR Pittsburgh Planning Committee made up of community organizers and representatives from City agencies working to advance human rights is producing a report for the UN's Universal Periodic Review and using this to shape ongoing conversations about human rights in our region.

We're working to compile reports on the state of human rights in our region while also building networks to help promote better human rights practices. Following the submission of our report to the UN, we'll continue to build on that and engage residents in consultations about local human rights conditions as we develop strategies for realizing human rights in our communities. In mid-Februrary 2020 we'll release a local human rights report, in preparation for the United Nations review of the U.S. national human rights record. We'll be working with cities around the country to help draw attention to this global conversation about human rights and the responsibility of governments at all levels to do much more to carry out their obligations under international human rights law.

Our reports will be used to promote public awareness and policy responses to our regional human rights conditions and to build political will—that is, a broad-based political constituency that is vocal and active in support and defense of human rights for all residents. A key goal of the UPR Cities initiative is movement-building to build the political will, skills, and collective momentum to carry out these recommendations and re-orient our community so that human rights are the top priority—not a by-product of economic growth and conventional “development.” We want UPR City activities we do support the ongoing work by community and grassroots organizations and to broaden our networks of mutual support and cooperation for human rights.


Submissions to the United Nations

Calendar

  • Monday October 14, 6:00-8:00PM Human Rights Community Forum: Human Rights & the Criminal Punishment System1 Smithfield Street, Downtown PGH, Homestead Grays Room. Co-sponsored by: The Pittsburgh Universal Periodic Review task force, which includes: Pittsburgh Human Rights City Alliance, Casa san Jose, Hill District Consensus Group, Pittsburgh for CEDAW, Just Harvest, City of Pittsburgh Human Relations Commission & Gender Equity Commission, and others. Food will be provided. See UPR Cities Initiative
  • Wednesday October 30, 6:00-8:00PM East Liberty Carnegie Public Library “Bringing Human Rights Home”-Overview of the Pittsburgh human rights report to the United Nations & discussion of strategies advancing concrete changes in our region. All are welcome!
  • Monday, November 11, 6:00-8:00PM Human Rights Community Forum: Human Rights & Health 1 Smithfield Street, Downtown PGH, Homestead Grays Room. Co-sponsored by: The Pittsburgh Universal Periodic Review task force, which includes: Pittsburgh Human Rights City Alliance, Casa san Jose, Hill District Consensus Group, Pittsburgh for CEDAW, Just Harvest, City of Pittsburgh Human Relations Commission & Gender Equity Commission, and others. Food will be provided. See UPR Cities Initiative
  • Monday, December 9, 6:00-8:00PM Human Rights Community Forum: Human Rights & Decent Work 1 Smithfield Street, Downtown PGH, Homestead Grays Room.Co-sponsored by: The Pittsburgh Universal Periodic Review task force, which includes: Pittsburgh Human Rights City Alliance, Casa san Jose, Hill District Consensus Group, Pittsburgh for CEDAW, Just Harvest, City of Pittsburgh Human Relations Commission & Gender Equity Commission, and others. Food will be provided. See UPR Cities Initiative
  • January 25, 2020 Pittsburgh Racial Justice Summit
  • Our Community Forum Series will continue with monthly gatherings in 2020
  • Target date for Local Human Rights UPR assessment: February 15, 2020
  • U.S. Universal Periodic Review at United Nations in Geneva, May 2020

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