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The Advocates for Human Rights participates in the UN Human Rights Council's Universal Periodic Review of states' human rights obligations. For more information on the UPR and the submission process, click here.

Bulgaria - 9th Session - Women's Human Rights

The Bulgarian Gender Research Foundation and The Advocates for Human Rights submitted a report to the UN Human Rights Council on Bulgaria's progress toward protecting the human rights of women in that country. The Advocates and BGRF have worked in partnership since 1994, publishing human rights reports on domestic violence in Bulgaria in 1996 and 2008, training court monitors in 2004, consulting on drafting and passing the 2005 domestic violence law, and training police and judges on effective implementation of the new law. 

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Ethiopia - 6th Session - Human Rights Violations Against Minorities

Since 2004, The Advocates for Human Rights has documented reports from members of the Oromo ethnic group living in diaspora in the United States of human rights abuses they and their friends and family experienced in Ethiopia. The Advocates conducted over 65 interviews of Ethiopians, including Oromo and other ethnic group members; scholars; immigration attorneys; medical professionals; and other service providers working with Ethiopians in the United States. In addition, The Advocates monitored news and human rights reporting on events in Ethiopia.

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Liberia - 9th Session - Accountability

From 1979 until 2003, the Liberian people survived a bloody coup d’etat, years of military rule, and two violent civil wars. Out of a pre–war population of 3,000,000, an estimated 250,000 people were killed and as many as 1,500,000 people were displaced. The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Liberia (“LTRC”) was established by legislative act in 2005 to “promote national peace, security, unity and reconciliation” and to make it possible to hold perpetrators accountable for the gross human rights violations and violations of international law that occurred in Liberia between January 1979 and October 2003. The LTRC was the first TRC to involve a diaspora population in the truth seeking process. At the request of the LTRC, The Advocates coordinated the work of the TRC in the diaspora.

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United States - 9th Session - Organizational Submission

The Advocates for Human Rights submitted a report to the UN Human Rights Council outlining the US's compliance with obligations under international human rights law. The report highlights US failures to protect human rights in the context of the death penalty, the rights of women, and the rights of non-citizens.

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United States - 9th Session - Cluster Report on Migrants, Refugees, and Asylum Seekers

In coordination with the US Human Rights Network, The Advocates for Human Rights drafted the cluster report on US compliance with the human rights of migrants, refugees, and asylum seekers. The report, endorsed by nearly 100 national and local nongovernmental organizations and individuals, outlines key failings of the immigration legal system to protect the human rights of non-citizens in the United States.

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