- The Permanent Mission of the Philippines issued a Note Verbale on 23 January 2017 addressed to all Permanent Missions and to the President of the Human Rights Council requesting to defer its examination under the UPR Working Group, which was to take place on 8 May, to 2017. The official motive of the request was for “administrative considerations” due to the new administration’s agenda focused on governance and development. The Philippines also took the opportunity to reiterate its commitment to human rights and fundamental freedoms.
The recommendations made at the 25th Session of the UPR Working Group, which took place on 2-13 May 2016, are now available on our database. 2,944 new recommendations were made during Session 25, to the 14 States under review: Antigua and Barbuda, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sudan, Suriname, Swaziland, Tajikistan, Thailand, Tanzania, and Trinidad and Tobago.
- Geneva, Switzerland, 8 February 2017 – UPR Info opened two regional offices in 2015, one for Africa (in June) and another one for Asia (in May). Due to organisational and internal restructuring it was decided to close the UPR Info Asia office in December 2016. UPR Info Africa is officially registered in Kenya.