- Bangkok, 29th November, LGBTI Human rights defenders from all parts of the world have come together for the 28th ‘ILGA World Conference’. As hate speech and violence against LGBTI individuals, as well as criminalization of consensual sexual activity between two adults of the same sex continues in parts of Asia, it was critical for LGBTI communities to seize the opportunity offered by the UPR to promote, protect and advance SOGIE rights. In response to this need, co-organisers: UPR Info Asia, ILGA Asia, ASEAN SOGIE Caucus, and APCOM, together with the Embassy of Canada, hosted a UPR side event ‘The engagement and empowerment of LGBTI activists in the UPR to promote, protect and advance SOGIE rights’.
- On Thursday 10th November, UPR Info hosted the event, Ensuring sustainable implementation at the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) in Room XX of the Palais des Nations. Over sixty Permanent Missions and approximately 150 people attended the event co-sponsored by the Permanent Missions of Switzerland, Costa Rica, Morocco, and the United Kingdom.
- On Tuesday, 13 December 2016, at 10:00-12:00, Room XXVII, Palais des Nations, UPR Info, together with the Permanent Missions of Ireland and Switzerland, will host the event, Strengthening Civil Society Advocacy in the Universal Periodic Review.
- Between 15-19 November 2016, UPR Info Asia, the Thai CSOs Coalition for the UPR and the Rights and Liberties Promotion Department of the Ministry of Justice co-organised Thailand’s second sub-regional workshop with the Foreign & Commonwealth Office’s financial support. The event “The Importance of Building Credible Evidence for Effective Human Rights Documentation throughout Thailand 2nd UPR Cycle” was held in Pattani, and gathered over 50 participants from Thailand’s Southern region. It aimed at engaging and energizing communities from the Southern region to monitor the UPR implementation phase while developing credible evidence to hold their government into account. By bringing human rights based communities working on a diverse range of human rights issues, UPR Info Asia focuses on: (1) fostering an inclusive dialogue to ensure all human rights issues are considered equally throughout the UPR follow-up, and on (2) strengthening CSOs’ ability to assess governmental progress during this process.
Khon Kaen, Thailand, 1-5 November 2016. UPR Info Asia, the Thai CSOs Coalition for the UPR and the Rights and Liberties Promotion Department of the Ministry of Justice, with the Foreign & Commonwealth Office’s financial support, co-hosted the first of four sub-regional workshops in early November titled ‘The Importance of Building Credible Evidence for Effective Human Rights Documentation Throughout Thailand’s 2nd UPR Cycle’ for the Northeastern ‘Isaan’ region. Human rights defenders and advocates across Thailand will come together throughout the workshops to support the implementation of UPR recommendations, and continue to monitor the human rights situation on the ground. The goal is to provide human rights defenders and community-based defenders with the tools and knowledge to build credible evidence while holding the government to account on its international human rights commitments.