The Friedrich-Elbert Stiftung and the Inter-Parliamentary Union presented on September 17th a side event on "The Role of Parliaments at the UPR" with a panel consisting of MP Herta Däubler-Gmelin (Chairwoman of the Parliamentary Committee on Human Rights and Humanitarian Aid, former Federal Minister of Justice, Germany), MP Mélégué Traoré (Deputy Chair of the Inter-Parliament Committee of the WAEMU, Former Speaker of the National Assembly, Burkina Faso), and Camilla Asano (CONECTAS, Brazil).
The Secretariat of the Human Rights Council (the Secretariat) circulated on 26 August a non-paper containing proposals to improve modalities on the registration to the list of speakers at the UPR Working Group and Human Rights Council (HRC) sessions under item 6.
On 18 June 2009, the Human Rights Council (HRC) adopted by consensus a resolution on the issuance of the thirteen Reports of the fourth session of the UPR Working Group that exceeded the 9.630 word limit. The resolution called for a translation of those reports before the 12th session of the HRC and reaffirmed that the UPR Working Group was entrusted with the authority to decide on the adoption of reports that exceptionally exceed this limit.
UPR Info has produced the first ever database on human rights issues raised at a UPR session. The database contains all the human rights issues that were raised during session 5 and sorted by States under Review and States raising them. It aims at facilitating the civil society to monitor States intervention and lobby more effectively.
The database is a Microsoft Excel Worksheet. It works with all Microsoft Excel versions.