The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) is a unique process which involves a review of the human rights records of all UN Member States. The UPR is a State-driven process, under the auspices of the Human Rights Council, which provides the opportunity for each State to declare what actions they have taken to improve the human rights situations in their countries and to fulfill their human rights obligations.
As one of the main features of the Council, the UPR is designed to ensure equal treatment for every country when their human rights situations are assessed. The ultimate aim of this mechanism is to improve the human rights situation in all countries and address human rights violations wherever they occur. Currently, no other universal mechanism of this kind exists.
The Southern New York State Division partnered with Blacks In Law Enforcement of America on consultation – on “Race, Criminal Justice, and Human Rights.
In May 2020, the United States will undergo a “Universal Periodic Review” (UPR) of its domestic human rights record at the UN Human Rights Council. In 2019, UNA-USA campus and community chapters hosted local Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Consultations to engage the UN on strengthening human rights in the United States.
“As I said in the meeting, on the demand side, it must be admitted that “We have met the enemy and they are us!” So it’s all about where we put our money and votes and personal actions and civic engagement to change things. It is not easy and may take a lot of time, but policy changes can and do occur (sometimes the way we like and sometimes not), as can be seen in the UPR consultation reports.” David Stillman, Ph.D., Board member, UNA Southern NY State Division
“As Black Law Enforcement Professionals, we accept the responsibility to work on solutions against all forms of racism and Human Rights violations. We stand on the shoulders of our ancestors before us to make the change.” Damon K. Jones, NY Representative, Blacks In Law Enforcement of America