- 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.
- In December 2016, over 100 Ugandan CSOs gathered in a five-day workshop in Kampala to analyse the UPR recommendations that the state had received at its UPR in November. Divided into thematic clusters, the participants began to develop a CSO suggested implementation matrix outlining their expectations on the Government during the implementation process. In the matrix, CSOs proposes goals to be achieved by implementing each of the 2nd cycle UPR recommendations made to Uganda and pair them with proposed Government implementation actions.
As the third cycle of the UPR begins, and with the aim of improving the effectiveness of written submissions, the OHCHR has developed new guidelines for "other stakeholders" and has devised 'Matrices of recommendations of countries to be reviewed during the 3rd cycle of the UPR'. The purpose of the matrices is to collect precise and specific information on the level of implementation, in the State under review, of both the accepted and noted recommendations from their previous reviews. They will be used by the OHCHR to draft the document on the summary of other stakeholders' information.