25 November 2017 marked the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women (VAW), an annual event that seeks to raise awareness and mobilise action on this most extreme form of discrimination. This year’s theme was: “Leave no one behind: end violence against women and girls”. UPR Info analysed the extent with which the UPR has been utilised to combat VAW through recommendations addressing the issue. It was found that during the second cycle of the UPR, 1,285 recommendations expressly related to the topic of VAW, of which 90% were supported.
UPR Info closely followed the 28th Session of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Working Group, which took place on 6-17 November 2017 at the Palais des Nations, in Geneva. The Session saw the following States undergo their third cycle UPR: Argentina; Benin; Gabon; Ghana; Guatemala; Japan; Republic of Korea; Switzerland; Ukraine; and Zambia.The third cycle of the UPR began in May 2017, with the 27th Session of the UPR Working Group. By now, each UN Member State has undergone a minimum of two reviews in Geneva and, with various levels of success, States have worked to implement the human rights recommendations they received.This week, and next, the 28th Session ot the UPR Working Group is taking place in the Palais des Nations, Geneva.
For all those wishing to follow the events in Room XX UPR Info is live monitoring the reviews on Twitter using the hashtag #UPR28. The webcasts of the meetings are also made available shortly after each review.