UPR Info Asia has been working with the Burma/Myanmar UPR Forum since June 2015, as part of its strategy to support local communities to engage in the UPR process. The aim is to build the capacity of the coalition to ensure local communities are at the center of Myanmar 2nd UPR cycle. The Burma/Myanmar UPR Forum is a coalition of independent civil society organisations (CSOs) with the commitment to engage constructively in the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) process to improve human rights situations of all people and communities of Burma/Myanmar and border areas.
- As part of supporting local communities engaging in the UPR process, UPR Info Asia has been invited over the past two months to participate in trainings related to international human rights mechanisms and the sustainable development goals (SDGs), at regional and national levels. Throughout these advocacy workshops, UPR Info Asia has emphasized the importance of community representation at the international level and the need to engage with CSOs throughout different UN human rights mechanisms so they can become the “agents of change” in their respective countries. By doing so, governments are kept accountable on their international human rights and developmental obligations.UPR Info constantly monitors and supports the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) process and encourages all key stakeholders to engage with best practices of the mechanism. As the international community looks towards the third cycle, UPR Info calls for States to reflect on the UPR's successes and shortcomings to date.
It is with this in mind that UPR Info has published "Ensuring sustainable UPR Implementation: A call to action for States to strengthen the third cycle of the Universal Periodic Review".In just under one month UPR Info will host the Pre-sessions, that will bring together Permanent Missions, National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) and Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) to discuss the human rights situation of States about to engage in the 26th Session of the UPR Working Group 31 October - 11 November 2016.The 33rd session of the Human Rights Council (HRC) is almost upon us and the draft Programme of Work is now available in both English and French.
During this session of the HRC, 13-30 September 2016, the Working Group (WG) Reports from the 25th UPR session will be adopted from 21 - 23 September. There is a general debate on the UPR to follow the adoptions on 23 September.