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October 5, 2020

WATCH: Pompeo’s “Commission on Unalienable Rights”: Shrinking U.S. Human Rights Policy


In 2019, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo created a highly controversial “Commission on Unalienable Rights” to reexamine the basis of U.S. human rights policy. In August, the Commission published its formal report, arguing for a narrower and more selective approach to human rights. The State Department promoted the report at the UN General Assembly two weeks ago.

On September 17, 2020, the Human Rights Program hosted experts to discuss the report and its implications for U.S. human rights policy and the international human rights system. HRP was joined by:

  • Martha Minow, 300th Anniversary University Professor at Harvard University;

  • Gerald Neuman, J. Sinclair Armstrong Professor of International, Foreign, and Comparative Law, and Co-Director of the Human Rights Program at Harvard Law School;

  • Mathias Risse, Lucius N. Littauer Professor of Philosophy and Public Administration and Director of the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy at Harvard University;

  • Katharine Young, Professor of Law at Boston College Law School;

The event was moderated by Sushma Raman, Executive Director of the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy.

You can now watch a captioned video of the event below or at this link:

Thanks to our co-sponsors by the Harvard Human Rights Journal, the Institute for Global Law and Policy at Harvard Law School, and the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy.

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