CCR has a strong practice of engaging with international human rights bodies to highlight the issues we work on and draw attention to the experiences of those most impacted by the U.S. government’s failures to protect and uphold human rights. Independent human rights experts regularly review whether governments are in compliance with their human rights obligations. CCR engages with these experts by drafting shadow reports and other advocacy materials, providing testimony, lobbying, and working in coalition with our partners to use these opportunities to highlight serious human rights violations.
CCR has played a critical role during periodic reviews of the U.S. government by UN treaty bodies, including those that review the U.S.’ compliance with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CAT), the Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Racism (CERD), and during the cumulative Universal Periodic Review (UPR). Additionally, CCR advocates before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (the regional rights body for the western hemisphere).
2014 CERD Review Process of the U.S. Government
In August 2014, the U.S. Government was reviewed by the UN CERD Committee with regards to its human rights commitments under the International Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Racism (CERD). In August 2014, the CERD Committee issued its Concluding Observations, and asked for the U.S. Government to follow up one year later, focusing on the topics of excessive use of force, immigrants, and Guantanano Bay. This official one-year follow up took place on May 13, 2016.
CCR contributed to the 2014 review process through signing onto, contributing or authoring the following shadow reports:
- 2014 CCR report (along with other endorsing organizations) on the Suspicionless Surveillance of Muslim Communities and the Increased Use and Abuse of Muslim Informants.
- 2014 CCR report on the Communications Management Units (CMUs).
Read the June 2013 official U.S. Government submission.
2008 CERD Review Process of U.S. Government
CCR also contributed to the 2008 review process by the UN CERD Committee, for which CCR through signing onto, contributing or authoring the following shadow reports:
Click here for the May 2008 UN CERD Committee Concluding Observations (Final Version).