• UPR Working Group concludes fifth session

    On Friday 15th, the Working Group on the Universal Periodic Review concluded its fifth session with the adoption of the Reports on Vanuatu, Macedonia, Comoros and Slovakia.

    The session, held from 1 to 15 May, also reviewed the following States: Central African Republic, Monaco, Belize, Chad, Congo, Malta, New Zealand, Afghanistan, Chile, Viet Nam, Uruguay and Yemen.

    This fifth session did not encounter the difficulties met during the previous one.

  • Debate over new format of the Report of the Working Group


    At the adoption of the Report of the Working Group of Afghanistan, the President of the Working Group, H.E Martin Ihoeghian Uhomoibhi, proposed a new format for the Reports. Due to the size of those reports too often exceeding the word limit (9,630), he suggested to suppress recommendations from section I of Reports and only mention them in section II, apart for recommendations that differ from one section to another.



  • List of speakers on Viet Nam cut off after 60 States due to time constraints

    The list of speakers on the review of Viet Nam today Friday 8 was cut off by the President of the Working Group due to time constraints, despite regrets expressed by Ireland, the first of the twelve States prevented from speaking.

    This is not the first time that the list of speakers is cut off due to time constraints. This was indeed the case during the review of Algeria, South Africa, Ghana, Sri Lanka and United Arab Emirates during the three first sessions as well as during the review of almost all States during Session 4.

  • HRC members speaking time reduced to 2 minutes for Afghanistan's review

    The speaking time for the review of Afghanistan is reduced to two minutes for Human Rights Council members.

    The President of the Working Group on the Universal Periodic Review, H.E. Martin Ihoeghian Uhomoibhi, announced at the end of the day that, due to the number of speakers enrolled for Afghanistan's review (58 States), Human Rights Council's members will have their speaking time reduced to two minutes.