U.S. Delegation to the Human Rights Committee which oversees reporting by states on their compliance with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), will travel to Geneva for its next periodic review from October 17-18. The United States is scheduled to present on its most recent report, from 2021, on the implementation of our obligations under the ICCPR. Ambassador to the UN Human Rights Council Michèle Taylor will lead the delegation, which includes Special Assistant to the President for Democracy and Civil Participation Justin Vail, Senior Director for Multilateral Affairs for the National Security Council Joshua Black, U.S. Department of State’s Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor Robert Gilchrist, the Attorney General for the State of Nevada, Aaron Ford, Mayor of Montgomery, Alabama, Steven Reed, as well as nine other U.S. government representatives from the Department of Justice, Department of Labor, Department of Housing and Urban Development, Department of Education, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Homeland Security, and the Department of Defense.
The United States takes human rights and our obligations under the ICCPR seriously. This is demonstrated by our comprehensive periodic reports and the large intergovernmental senior-level delegation sent by the United States to present and discuss our reports with the Committee as well as other treaty bodies. Representation from the federal, state, and local levels demonstrates our significant interests across all levels of government in promoting and protecting human rights and fundamental freedoms.