The last round of Pre-sessions took place in Geneva, Switzerland, on 30 March to 1 April 2016. More information is available here.
The UPR Pre-sessions bring together Permanent Missions, National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) and Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) to discuss the human rights situation of States one month prior to their review at the UPR Working Group. The Pre-sessions offer permanent delegations the opportunity to be informed on the status of implementation of recommendations made during the previous review, while providing space for civil society to influence the process by lobbying several delegations at once.
“The Pre-session assisted us in advising our government where to tighten screws in the areas of human rights where we are still lagging behind, not only in preparation for the UPR, but also for the benefit of our people.” Mr. Charles Masole, Permanent Mission of Botswana
The UPR Pre-session for each State under Review lasts one hour. The National Human Rights Institutions and Civil Society Organisations are given the floor between 5 to 8 minutes each to share their assessment of the human rights situation in the country since the previous review and the progress accomplished by the State under Review in implementing the recommendations (Concept Note).
All Permanent Missions are invited to attend.
Thirteen rounds of Pre-sessions have been held since 2012 for UPR sessions 13 to 25. A total of 144 Permanent Missions followed over 700 presentations - mostly by national NGOs - on 140 countries.
The UPR Pre-sessions are currently organised thanks to the support of Irish Aid, the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs of Switzerland, the Canton of Geneva and the City of Geneva and the Organisation International de la Francophonie.