The live broadcast of the Universal Periodic Review of the United States of America has just begun in Geneva Switzerland.
This is the second UPR of the United States since the UPR process began in 2006 for each member nation of the United Nations. The troika – or three country delegates assisting the U.S. review – were selected in January 2015 (Botswana, Netherlands, and Saudi Arabia).
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United States Response and Interaction with UPR
President Obama addressing the United Nations General Assembly:1)Remarks by President Obama in Address to the United Nations General Assembly, Whitehouse transcript, September 26, 2014
We welcome the scrutiny of the world — because what you see in America is a country that has steadily worked to address our problems, to make our union more perfect, to bridge the divides that existed at the founding of this nation. America is not the same as it was 100 years ago, or 50 years ago, or even a decade ago. Because we fight for our ideals, and we are willing to criticize ourselves when we fall short. Because we hold our leaders accountable, and insist on a free press and independent judiciary. Because we address our differences in the open space of democracy — with respect for the rule of law; with a place for people of every race and every religion; and with an unyielding belief in the ability of individual men and women to change their communities and their circumstances and their countries for the better.
In 2010 a number of recommendations were offered through the UPR, today a review of the progress the country has made on these and more. While the State Department offers its response to the recommendations, it does not provide the requests which were rejected. The United States Human Rights Network has provided these rejected requests.
United Nations Responses and Requests
Each country’s embassy to the UN has the ability to offer verbal comment today – however due to the number of requests for comment these are limited to one minute five seconds each.
Updates While Live Coverage Watched
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