PHRGE interacts with the UN Special Procedures related to its areas of program interest. These interactions include submissions of reported human rights violations to the Special Rapporteurs and engagements with Special Rapporteur visits to the United States and other countries.
UN Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights Visit to the United States
In 2017, the UN Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights, Professor Philip Alston, requested input from US civil society about human rights violations in the US in preparation for his upcoming visit. PHRGE partnered with several civil society organizations to prepare submissions on two topics, the human right to water and the right to counsel in civil matters. Professor Martha Davis spearheaded the process, and students from her “US Human Rights Advocacy” class drafted the submissions for the consideration of PHRGE and the partners listed below.
Here are the submissions that were sent to Mr. Alston in Fall 2017:
- Water Affordability in the United States, submission by PHRGE and Community Legal Services (CLS)
- Boston and the Right to Water, submission by PHRGE and The Color of Water
- Maryland’s Tax Lien Sales Laws and the Human Right to Water, submission by PHRGE and Maryland Legal Aid Bureau (MLA)
- Civil Right to Council in the United States, submission by PHRGE and National Coalition for a Civil Right to Council (NCCRC)
- Lack of Civil Right to Council for Impoverished Children in Rural New Mexico, submission by PHRGE and New Mexico Legal Aid, Inc.