Czech Republic was reviewed on April 16 2008 during Session 1 of the Working Group on the Universal Periodic Review. In the addendum to the final report, the delegation provided general comments to recommendations clustered according to their topic but failed to give a clear position on each recommendation.
From March 18 to 20, the Human Rights Council (HRC) adopted the sixteen reports of the third session of the working group of last December and held a general debate.
Israel’s adoption of the report of the working group this morning was suspended until tomorrow due to a point of order by Egypt.
The Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders (SR), Margaret Sekaggya, devoted her first report to the Human Rights Council (HRC) on the issue of human rights defenders at the UPR and how this new mechanism could enhance their situation on the ground.
After over three months of negotiations, Uzbekistan's final Report of the Working Group (RWG) is finally available. During the adoption of the RWG on 15 December 2008, seven delegations took the floor to ask the RWG on Uzbekistan to indicate a deadline for providing its response to the recommendations. Despite Switzerland, France, the United Kingdom, Canada, Germany, Mexico and the Netherlands' call to comply with the format usually used and intensive talks ever since, the document remained unchanged.