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Universal Periodic Review


The United States Universal Period Review report provides an overview of the human rights situation in the United States, shares some recent progress, and explores opportunities for further progress. The United States submitted its report to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in August 2010. The report reflects input collected during an extensive program of consultations with the American public.

After the formal presentation at the United Nations, the U.S. delegation hosted a first-of-its-kind town hall meeting with U.S. and international civil society leaders to discuss the U.S. report as part of our efforts to promote transparency, open dialogue, and inclusion through the Universal Periodic Review process.

Current Report: 2010 United States Universal Period Review Report


About the Universal Periodic Review Process

In 2006, the UN General Assembly established the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) as a way for member states to review and assess the human rights records of the United Nations’ 193 Member States. The review, conducted through the UN Human Rights Council, is based upon human rights obligations and commitments expressed in the UN Charter, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and other human rights instruments. The United States is a strong supporter of the UPR process, which provides a unique avenue for the global community to discuss human rights around the world.

Individual countries are slated for review every four years. The United States submitted its first report to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in August 2010. The report, which reflects input collected during an extensive program of consultations with the American public, can be found here.


See also: Human Rights Reports; International Religious Freedom Reports; Trafficking-in-Person Reports; U.S. Treaty Reports; Universal Period Review; and the Advancing Freedom and Democracy Reports


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