On Wednesday 5 April, UPR Info launched its latest publication The Civil Society Compendium: A comprehensive guide for civil society organisations (CSOs) engaging in the Universal Periodic Review. The event welcomed approximately 100 people from CSOs and Permanent Missions alike and was opened by H.E. Ambassador Mr Julian Braithwaite of The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (U.K.).
OverviewUPR Info organised its most recent series of Pre-sessions for the 27th session of the UPR on 4-7 April 2017. It was the first time that the United Nations hosted the unique UPR advocacy platform, seeing a shift of venue to Room XXIII of Palais des Nations. The move is positive evidence of the institutionalisation of civil society in the primarily State-led UPR process, as well as broader support for human rights advocacy across the United Nations as a whole. The international event gathered together human rights defenders from across the globe to present to State diplomats an update on the human rights situation in the 14 countries due to be reviewed at the 27th session (May 1-12 2017): Algeria; Bahrain; Brazil; Ecuador; Finland; India; Indonesia; Morocco; Netherlands; Philippines; Poland; South Africa; Tunisia; and United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.UPR Info recently monitored the adoptions of the Final Working Group Reports for the 26th Universal Periodic Review (UPR) at the 34th session of the Human Rights Council (HRC).
14 States gave their final responses to any recommendations they had left pending since their review in November 2016. These adoptions, which took place on 16 – 17 March 2017, formally closed the second cycle of the UPR.The Office of the High Comisioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) has started to publish country's mid-term Reports from Civil Society Organizations (CSOs). This is a key development for CSOs as it is a way to measure the level of implementation of the recommendations received at the UPR. UPR Info has encouraged States and CSOs to publish such reports since 2011, particularly through our Follow-up Programme, in order to benefit the whole international community.