On February 3rd, the President of the Human Rights Council (HRC), H.E. Mr. Sihasak Phuangketkeow, held an organisational meeting to prepare the second session of the Working Group on the HRC review to be held on 7, 17, 18, 23 and 24 February.
The President presented a Compilation of contributions containing papers prepared by the five facilitators. Those papers were drafted following the informal consultations each of the facilitator held between November 2010 and January 2011. This Compilation will be discussed by States and other stakeholders during this second Working Group session starting Monday 7th.
The paper presented by the UPR Facilitator focused mainly on the issues with large convergences and on which consensus seemed possible. Those issues were identified in his presentation made on January 11th and during the last informal consultation held on January 21st.
On the issue of the adoptions of the Working Group reports at the HRC plenary, the facilitator stated that it needed to wait for the other clusters to progress further. On the issue of the list of speakers, the paper asks the HRC to adopt a solution by the 18th session of the HRC.