Switzerland raised yesterday a point of clarification during the adoption of the Report of the Working Group on Djibouti in the plenary session of the Human Rights Council (HRC). The delegate asked Djibouti to provide responses to pending recommendations.
Guatemala was reviewed on 6 May 2008 during the second session of the Working Group on the Universal Periodic Review. The delegation did not provide an addendum containing the responses to the recommendations nor any oral comments to recommendations during the adoption of the Report of the Working Group at the Human Rights Council session on 11 June 2008.
We therefore considered that no response had been given.
On Friday 15th, the Working Group on the Universal Periodic Review concluded its fifth session with the adoption of the Reports on Vanuatu, Macedonia, Comoros and Slovakia.
The session, held from 1 to 15 May, also reviewed the following States: Central African Republic, Monaco, Belize, Chad, Congo, Malta, New Zealand, Afghanistan, Chile, Viet Nam, Uruguay and Yemen.
This fifth session did not encounter the difficulties met during the previous one.
At the adoption of the Report of the Working Group of Afghanistan, the President of the Working Group, H.E Martin Ihoeghian Uhomoibhi, proposed a new format for the Reports. Due to the size of those reports too often exceeding the word limit (9,630), he suggested to suppress recommendations from section I of Reports and only mention them in section II, apart for recommendations that differ from one section to another.