2015 was a year of evolution, expansion and engagement for UPR Info. We opened two Regional Offices in Bangkok, Thailand, and Nairobi, Kenya. We launched three publications on the UPR, including A Guide for Recommending States. We continued to support UPR implementation strategies through our Follow-up Programme and had a strong year of engagement and participation in our Geneva-based Pre-sessions.
- During UPR Info's most recent round of Pre-sessions, four Sudanese human rights defenders (HRDs), who were due to participate at the Pre-session on Sudan, had there passports seized by security agents. The act was a clear and unacceptable limitation on civil society's participation in the UPR process.
- On 30 March – 1 April 2015, the 13th round of UPR Info Pre-sessions was held at the Centre International de Conférences de Genève, in preparation for the 25th UPR Working Group (2 – 13 May 2016). More than 50 civil society organisations (CSOs) were represented during the three-day international human rights conference on the following States: Greece; Hungary; Ireland; Papua New Guinea; Samoa; Sudan; Suriname; Swaziland; Tajikistan; Tanzania; and Thailand. In just over one month, these States, alongside Antigua and Barbuda, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and Trinidad and Tobago, will undergo their second-cycle UPR review.
- On Friday 18 2016, the 31st Session of the Human Rights Council (HRC) held the General Debate under Agenda Item 6. This provided States and NGOs with an opportunity to take the floor and deliver statements related to the modalities and functioning of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR). During this session, marking the 10th anniversary of the Human Rights Council, reoccurring themes in oral interventions delivered by states included the upcoming 3rd UPR cycle, technical cooperation and participation of civil society permeated the statements of the speakers.
- The deadline for the submission of Non-Governmental Organisations and National Human Rights Institutions for the 27th Session of the UPR Working Group is the 22 September 2016.