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As the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights has observed, all human rights are indivisible and interdependent. One set of rights can’t be fully enjoyed when other rights are denied. The SPLC is working to address violations of human rights that intersect with our core impact issues.

Other Human Rights Issues:

• SPLC Report to the U.N. Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination — July 15, 2022
• Report to the Organization of American States Committee on Immigration Affairs — July 14, 2022
• Response to Call for Input to U.N. High Commissioner on Human Rights — Feb. 7, 2022
• Response to Call for Input to U.N. Independent Expert on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity — Feb. 7, 2022
• Response to Call for Input to U.N. Independent Expert on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity — Feb. 7, 2022

Click on any of our other core areas of work to find the SPLC’s submissions to international human rights bodies.

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Decarceration and Decriminalization

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Protecting Democracy

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Protecting Voting Rights

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Eradicating Poverty

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International Advocacy

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Why does the SPLC engage in international advocacy?

The Southern Poverty Law Center’s mission to protect the rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution does not stop in the United States! Like the Constitution, several international human rights treaties contain important obligations to protect, respect and fulfill rights. These obligations are at the core of the SPLC's work and dedication to advocating for equality, civil rights and justice for all.

Click on each of our core areas of work to find the SPLC’s submissions to international human rights bodies.


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United Nations Treaties

Although the U.S. played a leading role in establishing the U.N., it has failed to adopt most of the human rights treaties the U.N. oversees. For example, the U.S. signed, but has never ratified, the International Convention on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women, and the Convention on the Rights of the Child. We work with a wide variety of U.N. mechanisms, including treaty-monitoring committees and human rights experts, to address U.S. failure to adhere to human rights law.

These are the major U.N. treaties the U.S. has ratified:

Inter-American Commission on Human Rights

The SPLC is working to hold the U.S. accountable at the U.N. and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights for its failures to comply with its treaty obligations and to persuade the Biden administration to implement those obligations at all levels of government.

International Advocacy
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Decarceration and Decriminalization

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Protecting Democracy

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The SPLC is working to bring human rights violations in the Deep South to the attention of international institutions, putting additional pressure on government officials for change.

Read about our recent activities and results here:

Click on each of our core areas of work to find the SPLC’s submissions to international human rights bodies.

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Decarceration and Decriminalization

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Protecting Democracy

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Fri, 09/09/2022

Protecting Voting Rights

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Eradicating Poverty

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Other Human Rights Issues

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