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  • Germany raises a point of order about the list of speakers

    At the beginning of the Human Rights Council (HRC) session this morning, Germany raised a point of order concerning the enrolment on the list of speakers for both States and NGOs.

    The German delegate criticised how the registration was handled and especially the fact that some NGOs entered the Palais des Nations yesterday morning before 8 am. He declared that the list of speakers for States and NGOs could be manipulated and called on the HRC President to act in a matter of urgency.

  • Long queues for the list of speakers resume

    In continuity with the fourth UPR session of last February, numerous State delegates queued yesterday and this morning in order to register for the list of speakers for the adoption of UPR Working Group reports. This morning, it is said that ten delegates were already queuing at 4 am to be among the ten first that will be allowed to take the floor, despite the Palais des Nations opening only at 6 am. At 7 am already twenty-five States were queuing.

  • Responses by Guatemala to recommendations - Corrigendum

    Guatemala was reviewed on 6 May 2008 during the second session of the Working Group on the Universal Periodic Review. The delegation did not provide an addendum containing the responses to the recommendations nor any oral comments to recommendations during the adoption of the Report of the Working Group at the Human Rights Council session on 11 June 2008.

    We therefore considered that no response had been given.

  • UPR Working Group concludes fifth session

    On Friday 15th, the Working Group on the Universal Periodic Review concluded its fifth session with the adoption of the Reports on Vanuatu, Macedonia, Comoros and Slovakia.

    The session, held from 1 to 15 May, also reviewed the following States: Central African Republic, Monaco, Belize, Chad, Congo, Malta, New Zealand, Afghanistan, Chile, Viet Nam, Uruguay and Yemen.

    This fifth session did not encounter the difficulties met during the previous one.

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