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.
- On Thursday 10th November, UPR Info hosted the event, Ensuring sustainable implementation at the Universal Periodic Review (UPR), to launch its newest publication, “The Butterfly Effect: Spreading Good Practices of UPR implementation” 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.
- The 26th Session of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Working Group took place from 31 October to 9 November 2016. During the session, 11 States underwent their second UPR: Togo, Syria, Venezuela, Iceland, Zimbabwe, Lithuania, Uganda, Timor-Leste, Moldova, Haiti, and South Sudan. In total, the 11 States received 2106 recommendations and at first count 40.5% recommendations were accepted. We can expect more accepted recommendations as every States left recommendations pending and will provide further information no later than during the 34th Human Rights Council (HRC) in March 2017.
Today, Thursday 10 November 2016, 4:00 pm, Room XX, Palais des Nations, UPR Info will host, together with Switzerland, Morocco, Costa Rica and the United Kingdom, the event, Ensuring sustainable implementation at the Universal Periodic Review.
On Thursday 10 November 2016, 4:00 pm, Room XX, Palais des Nations, UPR Info, together with the Permanent Missions of Switzerland, Morocco and the United Kingdom, will be hosting the event Ensuring sustainable implementation at the Universal Periodic Review (UPR).
At this event, which will be opened by the Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights, Ms. Kate Gilmore, and the President of the Human Rights Council, Mr. Kyonglim Choi, marking the end of the second UPR cycle, UPR Info will launch its new study, The Butterfly Effect – Spreading Good Practices of UPR Implementation. This study provides a robust assessment of the UPR’s ability to deliver on its promise to strengthen human rights at the domestic level. Based on interviews with Government officials, civil society organisations (CSOs) and UN agencies, the publication takes stock of achievements, and shortfalls, of the mechanism to date. It shares good practices of implementation of recommendations from across the globe as well as detailing how Governments and civil society have structured their cooperation to sustain human rights progress.