On 21 September 2017, the Working Group On Human Rights in India and the UN (WGHR) facilitated the largest ever live webcast of the adoption of India’s third-cycle UPR.
At least 245 screenings took place in nearly all states of India, including Chennai, Madurai, Puducherry, Bangalore, Trivandrum to Sonepat, Almora, Patiala, Sri Nagar, New Delhi, and many others. Nearly eleven thousand people comprising of civil society organisations, college students, lawyers, diplomats, professors, policy makers, and journalists gathered together to watch the Indian Government’s response to its international human rights evaluation. Reaction to the responses was varied. While the participants welcomed India’s acceptance of 152 UPR recommendations - mostly on socio-economic issues - they were also concerned about the remaining 98 recommendations which were noted, predominantly relating to civil and political rights, religious minorities, dalit rights, and human rights defenders.
On 11-15 September 2017, the Civil Society Collective in Sri Lanka and UPR Info, organised a Pre-session week ahead of Sri Lanka’s review in November. With the overall objective to contribute to an increased number of action-oriented, specific and relevant recommendations, the week encompassed two orientation days and two In-country Pre-sessions; in Colombo, Sri Lanka, and New Delhi, India.