OUR INTERNATIONAL PARTNERSHIPS TO ADVANCE EQUALITY
Unfortunately, the United States is the only country in the world that disenfranchises the citizens who live in its nation's capitol. The denial of equal congressional voting rights to the citizens of Washington, DC is a serious human rights violation. It places the United States in violation of numerous international human rights treaties and agreements, including the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR).
PARTNERSHIP WITH THE UNITED NATIONS
In September, the United Nations launched the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which establish a set of universal goals and targets designed to frame policy making in UN member nations. The SDGs expand beyond eradicating poverty, and include ensuring a peaceful, inclusive, and just society around the world. The UN values partners with which they can implement and make progress on this bold agenda. DC Vote, through its national advocacy and national education campaigns, have pledged to coordinate with the United Nations, its agencies, and others in the international community to eliminate democratic discrimination and fully enfranchise the people of Washington, DC toward achieving SDG 16 - securing more inclusive and participatory decision making at all levels in the United States. Learn more in our recent blog post here.
DEMOCRACY HOST SITE FOR NATIONAL DEMOCRATIC INSTITUTE (NDI)
In October, DC Vote was pleased to partner with the National Democratic Institute (NDI) Eurasia Program to host a visiting delegation from the Republic of Georgia. The site visit included presentations and dialogue about the District's disenfranchisement, American citizenship and democracy.
STORIES FROM THE FIELD
Our partners at Creative Science Labs and Atlas Corps shared the perspective of a young Pakistani leader who just began his fellowship here in the US. His powerful blog post in response to the District's disenfranchisement can be found here.
HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS
In 2003, the Organization of American States (OAS) found the United States Government in violation of international law with regard to the disenfranchisement of the people of Washington, DC. In 2005, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe Parliamentary Assembly (OSCE PA) called on the United States Government to bring full democracy to residents of Washington, DC. A chronology of the collective work of DC Vote and Worldrights during 1993-2005 to bring this injustice to the attention of the internatIonal community can be found here.