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Using the Universal Periodic Review to Advance Human Rights

What Happens in Geneva Must Not Stay in Geneva

By Sarah H. Paoletti

The Universal Periodic Review is an opportunity for legal services attorneys and community-based advocates to translate clients’ needs and experiences into concrete policy recommendations. Assessing clients’ experiences within the human rights framework in light, for example, of the right to dignity through work, advocates can avail of the periodic review to help advance human rights. Advocates should collectively identify the barriers to the realization of rights spelled out in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and propose solutions where domestic litigation strategies have proven insufficient.

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