Commission on Unalienable Rights: Resources

The following is a list of formal, written submissions received by the U.S. State Department’s Commission on Unalienable Rights from civil society organizations, human rights experts, and members of the academic community since the body’s establishment in May 2019.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has described the Commission’s work as an effort to identify which human rights are “unalienable” and which are “ad hoc,” in apparent contravention of America’s legal obligations and decades of bipartisan policy and practice. The letters below demonstrate broad-based concern within the human rights community over the Commission’s mandate and purported objectives, as well as the potential harm that may arise from the Commission’s work.

The submissions of the listed groups and individuals can be found at the hyperlinks below.

Joint Letter of Concern

  • Signed by 180 human rights, faith-based, civil liberties, professional, academic, and social justice organizations, as well as 250 former senior government officials, foreign policy experts, scholars, and religious leaders

Joint Formal Submission

  • Signed by 167 human rights organizations, scholars, defenders and activists

Formal Submissions from NGOs and Law School Human Rights Clinics

Formal Submissions from Individual Scholars, Diplomats, and Advocates

Fact Sheets

Published on September 19, 2022


Seeking asylum?

If you do not already have legal representation, cannot afford an attorney, and need help with a claim for asylum or other protection-based form of immigration status, we can help.