31/05/2022

UNESCO launches new guidelines for National Human Rights Institutions to promote freedom of expression

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UNESCO has launched new guidelines aimed at providing practical advice to National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) on how the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) exercise can be used to promote access to information, freedom of expression and the safety of journalists.

These guidelines have been specifically designed for NHRIs to maximize the use of the UPR at the country level. They provide practical examples for engaging with the UPR prior to, during, and after the review.

Because of the broadness of engagement and collaboration that their functions require, NHRIs are able to play a constructive part in the shaping and the implementing of the UPR recommendations that are finally made to the State, including those related to the freedom of expression, the right to information, and the safety of journalists. Owing to their mandate to monitor state compliance with international human rights commitments, NHRIs play a critical role in the processes that lead to developing good practices for the UPR.

To read the guidelines, click here.