During the general debate held on item 6 (item dedicated to the UPR) at the 11th session of the Human Rights Council (HRC), several States reviewed last year presented information about the follow-up on recommendations. Hence, Bahrain, the United Kingdom, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates and Colombia presented updates about implementation of recommendations received during their review.
After adopting the sixteen Reports of the Working Group (RWG) of States reviewed last February during the fourth session, the Human Rights Council (HRC) held Friday 12 June a two-hour general debate on the UPR at its 11th session.
Some civil society organisations were not able to speak on two adoptions of Working Group reports due to time constraints. At the adoption of the reports of Canada and Saudi Arabia, the Human Rights Council was so much behind schedule that NGOs started their statements at 6 pm. The President of the HRC had to deny three NGOs on each adoption from taking the floor because no interpretation was available anymore.
However, those statements would still be included in the report of the 11th session of the HRC.
At the beginning of the Human Rights Council (HRC) session this morning, Germany raised a point of order concerning the enrolment on the list of speakers for both States and NGOs.
The German delegate criticised how the registration was handled and especially the fact that some NGOs entered the Palais des Nations yesterday morning before 8 am. He declared that the list of speakers for States and NGOs could be manipulated and called on the HRC President to act in a matter of urgency.
In continuity with the fourth UPR session of last February, numerous State delegates queued yesterday and this morning in order to register for the list of speakers for the adoption of UPR Working Group reports. This morning, it is said that ten delegates were already queuing at 4 am to be among the ten first that will be allowed to take the floor, despite the Palais des Nations opening only at 6 am. At 7 am already twenty-five States were queuing.