The United Nations Human Rights Program in 2016


The year 2016 will be an important one for the Human Rights Program of the United Nations. Under the agreed rules for the U.N.'s Human Rights Council, the United States will take a year off, without being a member, but will almost certainly be canvassing support for re-election in the fall when U.N. elections are held. Closer to home, the Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights is expected to establish an office in Washington, DC, and the High Commissioner and U.N. special rapporteurs will undoubtedly face challenges in the Middle East and beyond. Against this background, the United Nations Association-National Capital Area (UNA-NCA) and the American Foreign Service Association will co-host a forum on January 27, 2016, to learn US perspectives and plans on the U.N.'s human rights program in 2016, to explore major challenges being faced by the program, and to have an opportunity to raise questions with key American staff, including the State Department's officer responsible for back-stopping US participation in the Human Rights Council, Dr. Wesley Reisser. Reisser recently received the 2015 F. Allen "Tex" Harris Human Rights Diplomacy Award at the UNA-NCA annual Human Rights Awards Reception.

ASIL is a cosponsor of this event. 

Date and Location

Wednesday, January 27, 2016 - 6:00pm to 8:00pm
American Foreign Service Association
Address 1: 
2101 E Street NW
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