Before its third UPR review, the United Kingdom (UK) sought to change its position from support to noted on a number of 2nd cycle recommendations. Among the issues on which the UK changed its position are: ratification of international treaties and lifting reservations to others, human rights protection and detention, children’s rights, gender equality, non discrimination, welfare rights, migrants’ rights, and women’s rights, to name a few.
On 5 May 2017, at time of adoption of the Draft Working Group Report of Bahrain, Qatar took the floor to withdraw a recommendation it made to Bahrain.
Last week UPR Info held its annual Donor Meeting, at which we provided updates on out work and projects to donors and other interested parties, we made available our Annual Report, to promote transparency of our activities.
The first UPR of the 3rd cycle took place from 1 to 12 May 2017. During the 27th Session of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Working Group, 14 States underwent their third UPR: Algeria, Bahrain, Brazil, Ecuador, Finland, India, Indonesia, Morocco, Netherlands, Philippines, Poland, South Africa, Tunisia, and United Kingdom. Most delegations were headed by high-level representatives, with 10 ministers representing their respective countries. In total, the States under Review (SuR) received approximately 3567 recommendations, with the majority of recommendations being left pending, to be examined in their respective countries’ capitals. All decisions on recommendations will be made by the 14 SuRs no later than during the 36th Human Rights Council (HRC) in September 2017.
- Dear colleagues and friends,
Almost 10 years after creating UPR Info, Roland Chauville has decided to leave his position as Executive Director of UPR Info at the end of October 2017 in order to move to the next step in his career, explore new options and seek new challenges.