Human rights defenders last week briefed State delegates on human rights situations in Botswana, Burundi, France, Israel, Mali, Romania, Serbia and United Arab Emirates. Representatives from national and international NGOs presented Recommending States with specific and action-oriented recommendations they would like to see at their country’s UPR in January 2018. Held in the Palais des Nations from 12-14 December, the Pre-sessions are a platform for civil society engagement in the UPR process.
25 November 2017 marked the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (VAW), an annual event that seeks to raise awareness and mobilise action on this most extreme form of discrimination. This year’s theme was: “Leave no one behind: end violence against women and girls”. UPR Info analysed the extent with which the UPR has been utilised to combat VAW through recommendations addressing the issue. It was found that during the second cycle of the UPR, 1,285 recommendations expressly related to the topic of VAW, of which 90% were supported.