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Who Knows What Lurks in the Hearts of Human Rights Violators? The Shadow (Reporter) Knows--Human Rights Shadow Reporting

A Strategic Tool for Domestic Justice

By Eric Tars

U.S. advocates, participating in the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, used “shadow reporting” to urge the committee to hold the U.S. government accountable for racial discrimination. Two case studies from the shadow report, one concerning police brutality in Chicago and the other highlighting the failure of several U.S. cities to uphold the human right to housing, were directly adopted by the committee in its final report. Advocates at home can use such international attention as a tool to promote their clients’ interests.

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