252076 Bringing Human Rights Home: The Universal Periodic Review and YOU

Tuesday, November 1, 2011: 8:50 AM

Eric Tars , National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty, Washington, DC
The US UPR took place in November 2010 and in March, the US Administration responded to the recommendations on issues ranging from homelessness and reproductive health to racial profiling and immigration. At the review, the U.S. received 228 recommendations, including recommendations to "take further measures in the area of economic and social rights and reducing the number of homeless people," and to "reinforce the broad range of safeguards in favor of the most vulnerable groups such as persons with disabilities and ... homeless [people] to allow them the full enjoyment of their rights and dignity." In its response, the government indicated its support for recommendations to improve social protection coverage, to ensure the rights to food and health for all, and to commit to "[c]ontinue its efforts in the domain of access to housing, vital for the realization of several other rights, in order to meet the needs for adequate housing at an affordable price for all segments of American society." Whether discussing the proposed federal housing budget, or local measures to criminalize homelessness, these recommendations should be used as part of advocacy strategies to ensure public policy is consistent with our nation's legacy of leadership in human rights.Come hear domestic human rights experts discuss the report and recommendations, our government's responses and what you can do to ensure human rights are enjoyed to the fullest here at home.

Learning Areas:
Advocacy for health and health education
Ethics, professional and legal requirements
Public health or related public policy
Public health or related research
Social and behavioral sciences
Systems thinking models (conceptual and theoretical models), applications related to public health

Learning Objectives:
Discuss the Universal Periodic Review process, including how public health experts and grassroots organizations participated, the recommendations made by the Human Rights Council, the U.S. government’s response, and additional steps participants can take to help realize those recommendations in policy and practice.

Keywords: Housing, Poverty

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am a human rights expert focusing on homelessness and poverty
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.