- On 22 June 2016, the “Panel discussion on the contribution of parliaments to the work of the Human Rights Council (HRC) and its Universal Periodic Review (UPR)” was held during the 32nd session of the HRC. The Panel aimed to take stock of the current situation since the adoption of the HRC Resolution 30/14 (October 2015) on identifying ways to further enhance the contribution of the national parliaments.
On 19th April, 2016, UPR Info Africa Regional Office was formally launched at a conference held at the Intercontinental Hotel in Nairobi. The launch was attended by over 40 guests including diplomats, Government of Kenya officials and civil society representatives.
On 7-9 April 2016, UPR Info, together with the Human Rights Defenders Network Sierra Leone (HRDNSL) and the Core UPR Working Group, organised the “CSO strategy workshop on implementation of UPR recommendations” in Bo City. During the three-day workshop, 45 CSO representatives discussed their experiences from Sierra Leones’ first UPR; reviewed the recommendations the state received during its second UPR in January 2016; drafted an implementation plan to propose ways to implement recommendations; and outlined an action strategy to identify advocacy activities to support the government in the implementation phase.
- The 25th Session of the UPR Working Group took place from 2 to 13 May 2016 in the UN Office in Geneva. At the session, Antigua and Barbuda, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Papua New Guinea, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Sudan, Suriname, Swaziland, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand and Trinidad and Tobago underwent their second UPR. During the 14 inter-active dialogues, a total of 2553 recommendations were made. Ireland totalled the highest number of recommendations (262) at this session, followed by Thailand (249) and Sudan (244). Civil society organisations organised side-events on the reviews of Thailand, Tanzania, Swaziland and Papua New Guinea.