On 9-10 May 2018, some 80 participants joined the Civil society submission follow-up workshop, co-organised by Cambodian Center for Human Rights (CCHR), Office in Cambodia of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and UPR Info in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. The event was a continuation of the March activity during which civil society initiated the drafting process of CSO submissions ahead of Cambodia’s 3rd UPR in January 2019. Most of the participants in the workshop participated in the March event, which proved valuable for the effective continuation of the drafting process. At the first day, UPR Info introduced good practices in the reporting stage and a submission template with the aim of consolidating the structure of joint submissions. The objective of the two-day event was to provide space and technical expertise to the working groups to progress with their reports. As such, the agenda emphasised on group work and plenary presentations.
UPR Info provided three main technical sessions to enhance the quality submissions and suggested recommendations. They focused on:
- The merits, and mutually reinforcing nature, of a cross-sectoral joint submission complementing thematic joint reports;
- Introducing a suggested template to facilitate the development of submissions;
- Upcoming events including a validation meeting, UPR Advocacy Factsheets, Pre-sessions in Phnom Penh and Geneva, and post-review activities.