"Last week, for the first time, the United States was reviewed by the United Nations Human Rights Council for its compliance with the entire range of human rights standards adopted by the world community. These include economic and social rights, and the Geneva review was a historic occasion for advocates for economic and social justice. But its significance will depend on follow–up work here at home.
Homelessness and the affordable housing crisis figured prominently in the meetings held across the country by the State Department in preparation for the Universal Periodic Review, as the Human Rights Council process is known. According to the State Department, the lead agency representing the United States in the review, of all the human rights issues raised in those preparatory 'consultations' it held with advocates, local governments, and ordinary people, housing was the number one issue identified."
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