PRESS RELEASE: Mass Twitter Rally To Kick-Off "National Twitter Rally" on Monday, Sept. 23 from 12-3pm ET
Published on: Mar 4, 2016
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Janet A. Dickerson, Media Coordinator
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“NATIONAL DAY OF ACTION” FOR HUMAN RIGHTS TO KICK OFF WITH
MASS TWITTER RALLY TODAY FROM 12:00P TO 4:00P EST
Advocates nationwide will join in call-to-action on behalf of critical human
rights issues; rally will raise awareness around October’s U.N. Review of the
International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR)
For Immediate Release
SEPT. 23, 2013 – ATLANTA, GA. – In commemoration of the “National Day of Action” for the International
Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), the US Human Rights Network (USHRN) members and allies will
hold a mass Twitter rally today from Noon to 4 p.m. EST to raise awareness around key human rights issues
that the United States has continuously neglected to remedy or address.
During the rally, advocates across the country will tweet U.S. State Department officials, urging their
participation in a town hall meeting with domestic human rights advocates to address its failure to fully
implement the ICCPR and sufficiently protect and fulfill the fundamental rights and freedoms enshrined under
the treaty. The proposed town hall would take place just prior to the United Nations (U.N.) convening on
October 17-18 in Geneva, Switzerland, where a committee of 18 human rights experts will review the United
States on its compliance with universal human rights standards, as required by the ICCPR.
“As we remember the execution of Troy Davis in flagrant disregard of human rights and his potential
innocence, we are reminded of the work we need to do in this country to meet universally accepted human
rights standards and laws,” said Ejim Dike, Executive Director of the US Human Rights Network. “The death
penalty, solitary confinement, criminalization of homelessness, attacks on reproductive rights, and felony
disenfranchisement are all examples of human rights violations addressed by the ICCPR. We hope the National
Day of Action will help raise awareness about these and other human rights violations as well as the important
organizing taking place around the country to realize basic human rights.”
Ratified into law by the U.S. (and 166 other countries) in 1992, the ICCPR is a key civil and political rights treaty
that offers a broad range of provisions designed to protect citizens and non-citizens from rampant human
rights violations and abuses carried out at various levels of government and law enforcement. The treaty
outlines some broad and fundamental rights that all Americans should enjoy, such as the rights to self-
determination, to life, to found a family, to participate in the electoral process, and to due process and a fair
trial. It also provides freedoms from torture, slavery, genocide, and freedoms of speech, expression,
conscience, and religion. In addition to many more rights, it provides for equal enjoyment of these rights by
women, men, children, and minorities
The review’s primary focus will be on a list of questions put together by the U.N. committee and shaped by
members of the US Human Rights Network, which has been working to get full implementation of the treaty
into domestic law. The results of the review will be shared in an official recommendation to be released two
weeks following the Geneva convening. The review will be attended by key representatives from U.S. civil
society organizations and the ICCPR Task Force, as well as everyday citizens who have suffered -- or are
presently suffering – from the devastating effects of unchecked human rights abuses. Their core mission will
be to underscore the United States’ failure to create an infrastructure for monitoring, tracking, and addressing
human rights violations in an urgent and efficient manner, and to seek meaningful reforms and solutions to
address ICCPR violations at the local, state and national level.
“This review provides the Obama administration with an opportunity to revisit policies that violate human
rights, and take concrete and effective measures to fulfill the United States’ international commitments,” said
Jamil Dakwar, Director of the ACLU Human Rights Program and co-chair of the USHRN ICCPR task force.
“During its upcoming appearance before the U.N. Human Rights Committee, we hope the U.S. will seriously
address human rights concerns and implement recommendations to remedy them.”
Americans nationwide are encouraged to join in Monday’s national Twitter rally by urging their local, state,
and federal representatives to take a stand in support of every person’s human rights. To participate, simply
tag @USHRN using the hashtag #ICCPRTownHall in every tweet, along with links to photos, videos, articles,
illustrations, infographics, or any other content related to human or civil rights.
For more information on today’s “National Day of Action” and twitter rally (including ideas for how to
participate) please visit http://www.ushrnetwork.org/events/national-day-action-iccpr.
To read more about the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), go to
MEDIA NOTICE: Key members of the ICCPR Task Force and citizens directly affected by domestic human
rights abuses, are available for media interviews upon request. Please direct all inquiries to
Janet@pixelprosemedia.com or (818) 217-6799.
ABOUT THE US HUMAN RIGHTS NETWORK (USHRN)
The US Human Rights Network (USHRN) is a national network of organizations and individuals working to
strengthen a human rights movement and culture within the United States led by the people most directly
impacted by human rights violations. It is a network of over 250 organizational members that is working to
popularize human rights in communities across the United States in order to secure dignity and justice for all.