During the 23rd session of the UPR Working Group (November 2015) 2808 recommendations were made and they are now available in our database. With session 23 pushing the number of recommendations received to date at the UPR to 49,392 we are expecting approximately 55000 recommendations by the end of the second cycle of the UPR.
- Over the past 12 months UPR Info Asia has brought together perhaps the widest coalition of Thai CSOs to date. The formation of the Thai CSOs Coalition for the UPR has enabled local communities from different regions of Thailand, experiencing similar challenges, to meet each other and build solidarity. With a committed coalition, CSOs work together as a strong national movement towards a more representative UPR process to bring about change in their country whilst keeping the Royal Thai Government accountable on its international and development obligations.From the development of UPR Advocacy Factsheets, to supporting the Coalition’s lobbying efforts both at the country level and in Geneva during UPR Info’s Pre-sessions, the next steps for UPR Info Asia were: (1) to raise awareness during Thailand 2nd UPR on 11 May 2016; and (2) to seize the momentum to kick-off the UPR follow-up phase.
- UPR Info Asia has been working with the Burma/Myanmar UPR Forum since June 2015, as part of its strategy to support local communities to engage in the UPR process. The aim is to build the capacity of the coalition to ensure local communities are at the center of Myanmar 2nd UPR cycle. The Burma/Myanmar UPR Forum is a coalition of independent civil society organisations (CSOs) with the commitment to engage constructively in the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) process to improve human rights situations of all people and communities of Burma/Myanmar and border areas.
- As part of supporting local communities engaging in the UPR process, UPR Info Asia has been invited over the past two months to participate in trainings related to international human rights mechanisms and the sustainable development goals (SDGs), at regional and national levels. Throughout these advocacy workshops, UPR Info Asia has emphasized the importance of community representation at the international level and the need to engage with CSOs throughout different UN human rights mechanisms so they can become the “agents of change” in their respective countries. By doing so, governments are kept accountable on their international human rights and developmental obligations.UPR Info constantly monitors and supports the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) process and encourages all key stakeholders to engage with best practices of the mechanism. As the international community looks towards the third cycle, UPR Info calls for States to reflect on the UPR's successes and shortcomings to date.
It is with this in mind that UPR Info has published "Ensuring sustainable UPR Implementation: A call to action for States to strengthen the third cycle of the Universal Periodic Review".