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Universal Periodic Review - Bay Area Consultations

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UPR Consultation (3/26) - San Francisco Free  
UPR Consultation (3/25) - Berkeley Free  
UPR Training (3/24) - San Francisco Free  

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United States Government To Conduct Consultations or “Listening Sessions”

On US International Human Rights Obligations


BERKELEY CONSULTATION

The Bancroft Hotel

http://www.bancrofthotel.com/

2680 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

Thursday, March 25, 2010, from 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM


SAN FRANCISCO CONSULTATION

Mclaren Conference Center, University of San Francisco
2130 Fulton Street
San Francisco, CA 94117

Friday, March 26, 2010, from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM



The United Nations Human Rights Council will examine the United States’ compliance with its legally-binding obligations under its signed and ratified Human Rights treaties as well as the UN Charter and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.


The process of this examination is called, “Universal Periodic Review” or “UPR”, in which the human rights compliance of every UN member state is reviewed every four years.  This November will be the United States’ first review since the process’ creation


As part of the UPR process, the U.S. government is required to conduct consultations with stakeholders, including non-governmental organizations, civil society and those facing rights violations, to provide input regarding human rights in the United States. The government selected several cities in the US, including San Francisco and Berkeley, in which to conduct listening sessions or consultations.


The Bay Area consultations will be held on March 25-26th, 2010.


A half day consultation will be held in Berkeley on Thursday, March 25, 2010 from 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM and will focus on Health, Education, and State Accountability followed by an open comment period.


On Friday, March 26, 2010 from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM, the Mclaren Conference Center at the University of San Francisco will host a discussion on the human rights challenges faced in San Francisco and surrounding communities.  Representatives of the U.S. Department of State and other federal agencies will be in attendance to inform their report to the Universal Periodic Review (UPR). 


The meetings will be recorded, and a written report of the meeting will be prepared and posted on the U.S. Department of State’s website.  This summary may be used as part of the U.S. government’s submission to the Human Rights Council.  Organizations are also welcome to submit a 5-page report directly to the UN before April 19th.

 

In addition, participating organizations are providing a training on the UPR to be held on Wednesday, March 24th from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the Mission Cultural Center, Studio D, 2868 Mission St. San Francisco.



PARTICIPATION

Your input is vital to this process.  Accordingly, we have reserved time for public comment and participation on the agenda.  To ensure there is time for input from the widest community, comments need to be a maximum of two minutes in length for each topic.  Please reference the human rights obligation being violated and provide a recommendation for how the government can improve this situation.  We welcome your contribution and encourage you to join us to ensure that the U.S. government representatives attending this meeting receive accurate information on the human rights challenges faced by our communities. 


If you are interested in participating, please register on this site.  If you know of others who would like to attend, please forward them this invitation and ask them to register as well.


ACCOMMODATIONS FOR SAN FRANCISCO

The email you received with this link included a hotel listing for the University of San Francisco area and instructions on travel to the campus. 


The Mclaren Center at the University of San Francisco is wheelchair accessible. If you require a disability accommodation such as a Sign Language interpreter or print materials in alternative formats, or have any questions about accommodations, please contact Katelyn Keil.  Her telephone number is 510-644-2555 (v/TDD) and her email is kkeil@dredf.org.  Please contact Katie by March 12, 2010 if you require an accommodation.



SAN FRANCISCO PROPOSED AGENDA

Friday, March 26th, 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM

-Program Subject To Change-


Schedule:

8:30-9:00 - Registration


9:00-9:30 - Welcome, Introductions, and Overview of UPR Consultation Process

Connie de la Vega (Professor of Law University of San Francisco School of Law, Director of the Frank C. Newman International Human Rights Clinic)

Dr. James Wiser (Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs of the University of San Francisco)

Christopher Camponovo (Sr. Advisor, Bureau of Democracy, U.S. Department of State)

Georgina Verdugo (Director, Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services)

Russlyn H. Ali (Assistant Secretary for Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education)


9:30-10:30 - Panel 1 - Race Discrimination

Moderator: Alberto Saldamando (International Indian Treaty Council)

Linda Burnham (Women of Color Resource Center)

Arnoldo Garcia (National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights)

Lakota Harden (Bay Native Circle)

USG Representatives: Department of Health and Human Services (Georgina Verdugo and Michael Kruley); Department of Justice (Mazen M. Basrawi); EEOC (Mike Baldonado, Michael Connolly, Linda Ordonio-Dixon, Yasmin Marcariola-Wolohan, Ruben Massa, Tiberius Wallace)


10:30-11:30 - Panel 2 – LGBT rights issues

Moderator: Shannon Minter (National Center for Lesbian Rights) - Hate crimes, employment discrimination, immigration discrimination, and need for health benefits for same-sex partners of federal employees

Sylvia Guerrero - Increasing hate crimes based on sexual orientation and gender identity

Shirley Tan  -Lack of recognition of LGBT families in immigration law

Cecilia Chung - Employment discrimination in the U.S. and lack of protections

Henry Pacheco - Workplace discrimination in the federal government

USG Representatives - Same as above

11:30-12:30 - Panel 3 - Criminal justice; Death Penalty; Prison Conditions

Moderator: Professor Connie de la Vega (University of San Francisco School of Law)

Michelle Leighton (Center for Law and Global Justice) –Juvenile Life Sentences Without Possibility of Parole

Alison Parker (Human Rights Watch) –Racial discrimination in anti-drug laws

Don Specter (Prison Law Office) – Prison overcrowding in California

Elizabeth Zitrin (Death Penalty Focus) - Over-breadth, arbitrariness, and racial bias in the death penalty

USG Representatives: Department of Justice (Mazen M. Basrawi); Department of State (Christopher Camponovo, Gayatri A. Patel, Kristin Eichensehr, Melike Yetken)


12:30-1:30 Lunch (on your own)


1:30-2:30 - Panel 4 - Disability Rights

Moderator: Professor Connie de la Vega (University of  San Francisco School of Law)

Kim Swain (Disability Rights California) - Progress/challenges concerning deinstitutionalization and prevention of institutionalization of people with disabilities in the SF and Northern California areas

Mary Lou Breslin (Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund (DREDF)) - Healthcare access for people with disabilities

Claudia Center (Disability Rights Programs of the Legal Aid Society) - Employment with a focus on people with pscyhosocial disabilities

USG Representatives: Department of Health and Human Services (Georgina Verdugo, Michael Kruley)


2:30-3:30 - Panel 5 - Environmental Justice

Moderator: Morning Star Gali (International Indian Treaty Council)

Rev. Henry Clark (West County Toxics Coalition) - Shell Refinery

Alegria de la Cruz (Center for Race, Poverty and the Environment) - Pesticides and the farmworker community

Sherri Norris (California Indian Environmental Alliance) - Mercury poisoning in California waters

USG Representatives: Environmental Protection Agency (Enrique Manzanilla); Department of State (same as above)


3:30-4:30 - Open discussion on topics not covered above


4:30-5:00 - Closing remarks and Adjournment


Organizations participating in the planning and coordinating of the San Francisco Session include:


Asian Pacific Environmental Network: http://www.apen4ej.org/

Center for Law and Global and Justice: http://www.law.usfca.edu/centers/clgj/index.html

Council for Global Equality: http://www.globalequality.org/

Disability Rights Education Defense Fund: http://www.dredf.org/

Human Rights Advocates: http://www.humanrightsadvocates.org/

International Indian Treaty Council, http://www.treatycouncil.org;

Meiklejohn Civil Liberties Institute: http://mcli.org/

National Network for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, http://www.nnirr.org;

West County Toxics Coalition: http://westcountytoxicscoalition.org/

Women of Color Resource Center: http://www.coloredgirls.org/

University of San Francisco Law School: http://www.usfca.edu/law/

US Human Rights Network: http://www.ushrnetwork.org/campaign_upr




BERKELEY PROPOSED AGENDA

Thursday, March 25th, 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM

-Program Subject To Change-

Schedule:

8:30-9:00 - Registration

9:00-9:30 - Welcome, Introductions, and Overview of UPR Consultation Process


9:30-10:45 - Panel 1 - Health and Education: no one left out?

-- Panelists

Justice Now: Incarcerated women - http://www.jnow.org/

UC Davis Immigration Clinc: Immigrant Detainees and the impact of detention and deporation on the wellness of children -  http://www.law.ucdavis.edu/academics-clinicals/immigration-law-clinic.html 

Transgender, Gender Variant and Intersex Justice Project: Impact of detention and violence on Trans health -  http://www.tgijp.org/

Ella Baker Center - Books Not Bars Campaign: Education vs. Criminal Justice -  http://www.ellabakercenter.org/  

Public Advocates: State of public primary education

-- Comments from Participating Organizations/Public on Health and Education

-- Dialogue with Government Officials

 

10:45-11:45 - Panel 2 - State Accountability: from local to national obligations

        -- Panelists

Mujeres Unidas y Activas: Domestic Violence - http://www.mujeresunidas.net

National Lawyers Guild: Accountability of Government Officials - http://www.nlgsf.org

Meiklejohn Civil Liberties Institute: Berkeley Resolution - http://www.mcli.org

WILD for Human Rights/Initiative of the Miller Center, UC Berkely: San Francisco incorporation of CEDAW - http://www.law.berkeley.edu/mgcl.htm

Center for Justice and Accountability: State Accountability - http://www.cja.org

-- Comments from Participating Organizations/Public on State Accountability

-- Dialogue with Government Officials

 

 

11:45-12:15 - Comments from Participating Organizations/Public on topics not covered above


12:15-12:30 - Closing remarks and Adjournment 



Organizations participating in the Oakland/Berkeley Session


Alliance for Justice

Amnesty International USA (WRO)

Asian Law Caucus (TBC)

Boalt Hall Committee for Human Rights

Boalt Alliance to Abolish  Torture

Center for Justice and Accountability

Community Water Center (pending)

Ella Baker Center - Books Not Bars Campaign

Institute for Redress & Recovery at Santa Clara University

Justice Now

Meiklejohn Civil Liberties Institute

Mujeres Unidas y Activas

National Lawyers Guild, Committee Against Torture

National Lawyers Guild, Boalt Hall Chapter

Public Advocates

Transgender, Gender Variant and Intersex Justice Project

UC Davis Immigration Law Clinic

WILD for Human Rights, Initiative of the Miller Center for Global Challenges and the Law, UC Berkeley

 

UPR TRAINING

Participating organizations will provide a training for all interested parties on Wednesday, March 24th from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM at the Mission Cultural Center, Studio D, 2868 Mission St. San Francisco.

The training will provide an indepth explanation of the UPR process, a review of US international treaty obligations, guidelines on how best to make use of the UPR process and a conversation about continuing involvement in the UPR process. 

Please Register if you would like to attend. 

 



UPR INFORMATION

For more information on the Universal Periodic Review process itself, please visit the following websites:


United Nations UPR: http://www.ohchr.org/EN/HRbodies/UPR/Pages/UPRSessions.aspx


US Department of State UP: http://www.state.gov/g/drl/upr/


US Human Rights Network UPR web site:   http://www.ushrnetwork.org/campaign_upr


IITC Web Page: www.treatycouncil.org/home.htm [click right column “Human Rights ‘Listening’ Sessions…” and, “New IITC Fact Sheet…”.


Human Rights Project at the Urban Justice Center “UPR toolkit”: http://www.hrpujc.org/documents/UPRtoolkit.pdf  







 

 

 

 

 

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