Support MCLI’s Delegation to the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva
In May of 2020, MCLI Program Director Needa Bee will be leading a delegation of unhoused residents and human rights advocates to address the United Nations Human Rights Council in order to further expose the human rights abuses in the U.S.
MCLI needs to raise at least $7,200 to fund this trip.
On October 2, 2019, MCLI submitted a report to the United Nations Human Rights Council. In that report, MCLI denounced the Trump administration’s refusal to participate in the human rights monitoring process. In the absence of U.S. participation, MCLI asked the Human Rights Council to review MCLI’s previous report to the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination as well as the list of questions to the U.N. Human Rights Committee.
In the report, MCLI asks the Human Rights Council to review the following issues:
- The criminalization of homelessness.
- Structural barriers preventing access to courts for low income people, Latin Americans, and African Americans.
- Mass incarceration which disproportionately incarcerates African Americans, Latin Americans, and poor people.
- Slavery through incarceration and exploitative labor conditions.
- The criminalization of sex workers including FOSTA-SESTA which criminalizes communication.
- Lack of accountability for law enforcement officers engaged in extrajudicial violence including killing of nonviolent or unarmed people.
- Separation of children from their families without justification and isolation of these children from their culture, language, and community within systems of immigration, foster care, and adoption.
In the report, MCLI goes into detail on the criminalization of homelessness and the failure of local, state, and federal governments to ensure the human right to housing. Needa Bee’s on the ground organizing is highlighted in this report. Because of this MCLI is forming a delegation centered on representatives from unhoused communities in the U.S.
The report can be found here: http://www.mclihumanrights.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/2019.10.02-UPR-Submission-of-the-Meiklejohn-Civil-Liberties-Institute.pdf
Please donate today so that MCLI can send a delegation to Geneva in 2020.