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Advocacy at the United Nations

Dominicans for Justice and Peace works closely with the different mechanisms of the UN human rights system. The advocacy program aims at enhancing and supporting the participation of Dominicans and other civil society members from the ground in the various UN mechanisms. 

Human Rights Council 

Dominicans have participated in the Human Rights Council and its predecessor, the Human Rights Commission, since 1998. The Human Rights Council is a multilateral forum where human rights themes and issues are addressed. The advocacy of Dominicans for Justice and Peace covers both country situations and thematic issues. Through oral and written declarations, the organisation of side events, and engagement with permanent missions (individual states), Dominicans for Justice and Peace hopes to increase the visibility of contemporary challenges and problematic situations and to boost local efforts to promote and defend human rights. 

See our statements here.

Treaty Bodies

The treaty bodies are made up of committees of independent experts who monitor the implementation of the core international human rights treaties. They provide one of the best opportunities for civil society actors to raise concerns at the UN about the human rights records of the states. Civil society members can make contributions at all stages of the committees’ activities, including the submission of parallel reports on the human rights record of the state under review. 

Dominicans for Justice and Peace particularly participates in the review process of two committees: the Human Rights Committee (focused on civil and political rights) and the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. In close collaboration with Dominicans on the ground, the organization submits substantial reports on the human rights situation of the country under review and actively participates in the Committee’s sessions.  

See our 2016 parallel report on Colombia to the Human Rights Committee here (in Spanish only).

See our 2017 parallel report on Mexico to the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights here (in Spanish only).

Universal Periodic Review  

The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) is a State-driven process, which involves the review of the human rights records of all UN Member States every four to five years. Civil society members can take part in the review process in order to bring their own assessment of the implementation, by each state, of its human rights obligations. 

Dominicans for Justice and Peace participates in this process by drawing upon the experience and expertise of Dominicans and other civil society members with whom they collaborate in different countries. With this engagement, Dominicans for Justice and Peace hopes to strengthen the assessment of the human rights record in the revised country and to improve collaboration between states and civil society members on specific projects related to the promotion and protection of human rights. 

See our 2017 parallel report on France to the UPR here (in French only).

See our 2018 parallel report on Colombia to the UPR here (in Spanish only).

Special Procedures

The Special Procedures is another UN human rights mechanism composed of independent experts (either Special Rapporteurs, Working Groups or Independent Experts) mandated to monitor the human rights situation in specific countries (country mandates) or a human rights phenomenon at the global level (thematic mandates). Members of civil society can work with the Special Procedures in a variety of ways. 

When communicated by Dominicans and other partners on the ground, Dominicans for Justice and Peace brings specific cases of human rights violations to the attention of the concerned Special Procedure mandate.  

See the 2016 communication to Dominican Republic by the Special Rapporteur on Adequate Housing and the Working Group on the issue of Human Rights and Transnational Corporations here (only in Spanish).

Top photo: Flags at the UN in Geneva ©
Side photos (from top to bottom): Master Order with General Director UNOG, Francisco de Vitoria Conference at the United Nations, and a side event at the UN ©

Training

Besides the important work of advocating for the promotion and protection of human rights within the UN in Geneva, it is crucial to build the capacities and knowledge of Dominicans and other civil society members around the existence and functioning of the UN mechanisms. Dominicans for Justice and Peace therefore regularly organizes workshops in specific countries to train Dominicans and other partners from the civil society about the UN human rights system, its monitoring mechanisms and procedures. The organization also welcomes Dominicans and other collaborators in its office in Geneva in order to provide them with an exposure of the work of international advocacy. 

With its training program, Dominicans for Justice and Peace hopes to ensure sustainability of the Dominicans’ engagement in the promotion and protection of human rights on the ground and to strengthen the organization’s international advocacy, thanks to strong local inputs.  

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Top photo: Workshop in Colombia ©
Side Photos (from top to bottom): Workshop in Dominican Republic; Workshop in the Great Lakes region ©