News & Updates

Science and Human Rights Conference AAAS

When: October 23-25, 2019
Where: AAAS Headquarters, 1200 New York Ave NW
Washington, District of Columbia 20005
Cost: $50-$200

At the AAAS Science and Human Rights Conference, participants will learn from successes and challenges of collaborations between scientists, engineers, health professionals, and human rights defenders; identify emerging needs and opportunities; and help set the agenda for future collaborative action and impact. The conference is hosted by the AAAS Science and Human Rights Coalition, a network of scientific and engineering membership organizations that recognize a role for science and scientists in human rights.

Marking the Coalition’s tenth anniversary and looking forward to the next ten years, sessions will share innovative developments and applications in science and technology that can support the efforts of human rights practitioners, as well as those that tackle human rights challenges associated with the conduct of science and application of technology.

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The 2019 Social Practice of Human Rights Conference Going against the grain

When: October 1-4, 2019
Where: University of Dayton, Ohio
Cost: $70 per day or $250 for the full conference

FREE: Keynote and plenary sessions

OpenGlobalRights has teamed up with the University of Dayton Human Rights Center to feature its biennial conference, the Social Practice of Human Rights (SPHR), which serves as a platform to bridge the divide between scholars and practitioners and enable critical reflection on human rights research on and for advocacy.

In October 2019, SPHR will convene to address high-risk threats that present themselves with unprecedented urgency. It will be our task to reinvigorate collaborative efforts with hope and vigor, building sustainable movements and disruptive methods even when it means, to quote Pope Francis, “going against the grain.”

Featured speakers at the conference will include Opal Tometi, Anand Giridharadas, Zeynep Tufecki.

Each day includes a plenary, a keynote address, a mix of research sessions, and a forward-thinking workshop led by JustLabs and OpenGlobalRights.

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Webster University – Human Rights Conference on Global Migration

When: October 9-10, 2019
Where: Browning Hall Auditorium (ISB Room 160, 8274 Big Bend Blvd.), Webster University, St. Louis, Missouri 
Cost: FREE and open to the public

Around the world, people are on the move – in search of safety, protection, family reunification, education, jobs, and more. The International Organization for Migration (IOM) reports that 68.5 million people were forcibly displaced last year due to persecution, conflict, and violence. Fifty million irregular migrants, 25.4 million registered refugees, and 25 million victims of forced labor also highlight the vast numbers of people living outside their home communities and facing severe rights challenges.

Webster University’s 2019 Annual Human Rights Conference focuses on the theme of “Global Migration” on October 9-10. This two-day event will explore topics such as displacement, restrictions on freedom of movement, borderland communities, statelessness, and the impacts of technology on migration. Sponsored by the Institute for Human Rights and Humanitarian Studies, this on-campus event is free and open to the public.

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Webinar: Telling Your City’s Story – Preparing UPR Cities Reports


When: Wednesday, September 11th, 2019
Time:  6:00PM EDT/3:00PM Pacific
Where: Online Webinar
Cost: FREE

Help “bring human rights home.” Join cities around the country to hold US public officials accountable to global human rights!

The US Human Rights Cities Alliance invites you to participate in the UPR Cities Project, which supports local efforts to document local human rights conditions as part of a United Nations Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of the United States’ human rights record. We invite organizers to participate in local human rights reviews and build a national cities stakeholder report. In this webinar you can learn how to structure your local report for the United Nations Universal Periodic Review and how else to bring your city’s voice into our national cities stakeholder report. Regardless of whether you’re just starting out or whether you’ve spent months building your local human rights assessment, your city can be part of this important effort to strengthen human rights in the United States.

Previous UPR Cities webinars are available online at:

To register for the webinar, please send your name, organization (if applicable), and location to:

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Webinar on Universal Periodic Review Process – Sept. 4

When: Wednesday, September 4
Time:  11:00 AM – 12:00 PM PDT
Where: Online Webinar
Cost: FREE

Join USHRN for their fifth Webinar Wednesday on the UPR process to answer the questions:

“How do I submit a stakeholder report?”
“What are the deadlines involved in stakeholder reporting?”

In May 2020, the United States will undergo a “Universal Periodic Review” (UPR) of its domestic human rights record at the UN Human Rights Council. The UPR is an exciting and tangible advocacy opportunity for US-based NGOs to engage the UN on strengthening human rights in the United States. The UN UPR Working Group will review the United States in April-May 2020. 

Final stakeholder reports by NGOs on the human rights records of the US are due at the end of September 2019. The US Human Rights Network is facilitating issue-based working groups who will draft and submit stakeholder reports to USHRN by September 20, 2019. 
Join the USHRN webinars to find out more about the process and the opportunity to hold the US. government accountable to its human rights obligations. 

Save the Date! Upcoming Webinars:

  • September 4: Webinar #5 – Thematic/issue-based approach to stakeholder reporting, with special guests who have experience engaging with the United Nations around their issue.
  • September 18: Webinar #6 – A full hour dedicated to your questions on stakeholder reporting, just ahead of the submission deadline.
  • October 16: Webinar #7 – After you have submitted your stakeholder report, it’s time to talk about going to Geneva and engagement with the U.S. government. Join us for an introduction to engaging at the UPR Working Group review of the United States in 2020.

If you have any questions regarding the Webinar Wednesdays series or the Universal Periodic Review, please contact USHRN Deputy Director Salimah Hankins:

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Human Rights Film Festival

When: October 10-12, 2019
Where: Shirley A. Massey Executive Conference Center, Morehouse College, Atlanta, GA
Cost: FREE – registration required

Morehouse College is hosting its first Human Rights Film Festival from Thursday, Oct. 10 to Saturday, Oct. 12 in Southwest Atlanta. The film festival will offer a platform to independent filmmakers whose work promotes cultural understanding and exposes the injustices and inequalities that divide nations.

The three-day event will be held at the Shirley A. Massey Executive Conference Center at 830 Westview Drive SW. The lineup will feature film screenings, panel discussions, networking opportunities, and artist workshops conducted by masters in screenwriting, editing, directing, and producing films.

Oscar-winner Spike Lee, a 1979 alumnus of Morehouse College, will receive a lifetime achievement award for his body of work at the inaugural festival. In honor of Lee’s success as a documentary filmmaker and human rights activist, the festival’s most prestigious award, the “Spike Lee Award for Social Impact in Filmmaking” will bear his name and be presented annually to artists who similarly use their craft to champion social justice issues.

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