The Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders (SR), Margaret Sekaggya, devoted her first report to the Human Rights Council (HRC) on the issue of human rights defenders at the UPR and how this new mechanism could enhance their situation on the ground.
After over three months of negotiations, Uzbekistan's final Report of the Working Group (RWG) is finally available. During the adoption of the RWG on 15 December 2008, seven delegations took the floor to ask the RWG on Uzbekistan to indicate a deadline for providing its response to the recommendations. Despite Switzerland, France, the United Kingdom, Canada, Germany, Mexico and the Netherlands' call to comply with the format usually used and intensive talks ever since, the document remained unchanged.
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For the first time today Cuba will be reviewed by the Working Group on the Universal Periodic Review. It is already a historic review: there are more than 100 hundred States registered to take the floor (when the average is between 40 and 50) and there have been over 300 hundred reports submitted by stakeholders, that is more than the total of reports submitted on Sessions 1 or 2 and twice as much as Session 3! The summary prepared by the OHCHR of all these reports has been criticized by Cuba itself for giving to much space to international NGOs.
- The fourth UPR session has to face a new procedural problem: the extensive list of States willing to take the floor. First, due to long queues to enrol on the list of speakers, the time was extended to 25 minutes before the normal time to enrol (half a day before the review). Second, too many States are willing to participate to accommodate them all within the 2 hours allocated.