The President of the Human Rights Council informed this evening delegations that he was able to contact the government of Kiribati regarding the adoption of their report. He will in the coming days continue to talk to them to try to get responses to recommendations before the end of the HRC session on Friday 1 October.
Guinea-Bissau failed to appear today before the Human Rights Council (HRC) for the adoption of its Report of the Working Group. The adoption was scheduled at 12pm under item 6 of the 15th session of the HRC and Guinea-Bissau was expected to present its final responses to recommendations. No reason was given officially by Guinea-Bissau to the HRC for its absence and the HRC meeting was thus suspended.
It is the first time a State under Review is absent from the adoption of its own Report of the Working Group.
The adoption of the Report of the Working Group of Kiribati which was scheduled yesterday at 10 am was postponed to tomorrow Thursday.
Kiribati, which does not have a permanent representation in Geneva, did not send any delegation. Efforts are being made to have a representative or at least a written statement sent before the end of item 6 of the Human Rights Council tomorrow.
Kiribati has yet not provided a response to any of the 83 recommendations it received during its review last May.
The Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie (OIF), the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and the Kingdom of Morocco organised May 22-23 in Rabat, Morocco, a second seminar on the UPR, to follow the one held in February 2008. Participants included member States representatives from both Geneva and the Capital as well as few NHRIs and NGOs.
UPR Info was invited to present the work of the organisation as well as an in depth analysis of OIF States' participation at the UPR. The organisation also participated in the four workshops on the UPR mechanism.
Presentation by UPR Info (in French): download
During its Universal Periodic Review on 10 May 2010, Turkey accepted 95 recommendations, left 39 pending and rejected 9. In addition to those 143 recommendations, Turkey declared in the report of the Working Group rejecting the 9 recommendations by Cyprus because it "does neither recognize Republic of Cyprus nor accept its claims to represent the whole island".