The United Nations Human Rights Council Special Procedures are a group of independent human rights experts who investigate and report on human rights issues and violations from an issue-specific or country-focused perspective. These Special Rapporteurs conduct country visits, produce reports, and communicate with governments to notify them of alleged violations of human rights taking place within their country.

PHRGE interacts with the UN Special Procedures related to its areas of program interest. These interactions include submissions of reported human rights violations to the Special Rapporteurs and engagements with Special Rapporteur visits to the United States and other countries.

Philipe AllstonUN Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights visit to the United States

This fall, the UN Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights, Professor Philip Alston, requested input from US civil society about human rights violations in the US in preparation for his upcoming visit. PHRGE partnered with several civil society organizations to prepare submissions on two topics, the human right to water and the right to counsel in civil matters. Professor Martha Davis spearheaded the process, and students from her “US Human Rights Advocacy” class drafted the submissions for the consideration of PHRGE and the partners listed below.

Here are the submissions that were sent to Mr. Alston in Fall 2017: