On behalf of all UPR Info staff, in both Geneva and Nairobi, and the Board, we would like to once again express our deepest gratitude to Mr. Roland Chauville for his remarkable work at UPR Info over the last decade.
UPR Info successfully organised the most recent series of Pre-sessions for the 28th session of the UPR on 10-13 October 2017. The international human rights conference gave national human rights defenders from: Argentina, Benin, Czechia, Ghana, Guatemala, Japan, Pakistan, Peru, Sri Lanka, Republic of Korea, Switzerland, Ukraine and Zambia the opportunity to present their concerns and recommendations ahead of their countries’ reviews in the UPR Working Group 6-17 November 2017. Held in the Palais des Nations, the Pre-sessions provided Permanent Missions with specific and action-oriented UPR recommendations drafted by civil society, which reflect the needs of the rights-holders.On Thursday 5 October 2017, UPR Info, in cooperation with the Permanent Mission of the Netherlands, the Permanent Mission of Haiti, and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), delivered a seminar on the Role of Recommending States at the UPR. The seminar gathered together approximately 30 Representatives of Permanent Missions, as well as some NGOs, and featured a variety of presentations on the UPR from the perspective of Recommending States (RS).October 3 – 4 saw UPR Info travel to Prague to train civil society organisations (CSOs) and the State ahead of the third UPR of Czechia on 6 November 2017.
The first day saw UPR Info provide an introductory training to CSOs on the UPR ahead of many of them speaking at the UPR Info Pre-sessions in Geneva from 10 – 13 October. Following the training a round-table took place to discuss how CSO and State preparations had been progressing since the previous UPR and UPR Info, at this stage, offered the CSOs a variety of best practices, many found in “The CSO Compendium” and “The Butterfly Effect”, on how to sustain their engagement in the UPR beyond the review in November.On 28th September, UPR Info had the pleasure of visiting the Swedish capital Stockholm to conduct two UPR seminars; the first focused on Sweden as a Recommending State and the second looked at Sweden from the perspective of a State under review. The day was held on the back of the successful result of a similar orientation day in Stockholm organised in 2016. This time, the second seminar proved a much appreciated addition.