Last week UPR Info held its annual Donor Meeting, at which we provided updates on out work and projects to donors and other interested parties, we made available our Annual Report, to promote transparency of our activities.
The first UPR of the 3rd cycle took place from 1 to 12 May 2017. During the 27th Session of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Working Group, 14 States underwent their third UPR: Algeria, Bahrain, Brazil, Ecuador, Finland, India, Indonesia, Morocco, Netherlands, Philippines, Poland, South Africa, Tunisia, and United Kingdom. Most delegations were headed by high-level representatives, with 10 ministers representing their respective countries. In total, the States under Review (SuR) received approximately 3567 recommendations, with the majority of recommendations being left pending, to be examined in their respective countries’ capitals. All decisions on recommendations will be made by the 14 SuRs no later than during the 36th Human Rights Council (HRC) in September 2017.
- Dear colleagues and friends,
Almost 10 years after creating UPR Info, Roland Chauville has decided to leave his position as Executive Director of UPR Info at the end of October 2017 in order to move to the next step in his career, explore new options and seek new challenges.
- On 20th of April, UPR Info had the pleasure of providing a training on the UPR to Sri Lanka’s Inter-ministerial committee on human rights. In view of the State’s third review in November 2017, the focus was fixed on good practices of drafting the National Report, how to involve CSOs in the process and what to expect from the review itself.
- After the adoption of the reports of the 26th Working Group session of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR), the Human Rights Council (HRC) held its usual general debate on the UPR. On 17 March 2017 HRC Member States, Observer States, and civil society organisations (CSOs), discussed several issues regarding the UPR mechanism, including: general outcomes of the seond cycle, follow-up and reporting under Item 6, as well as the expectations for the third cycle.