- On 20th of April, UPR Info had the pleasure of providing a training on the UPR to Sri Lanka’s Inter-ministerial committee on human rights. In view of the State’s third review in November 2017, the focus was fixed on good practices of drafting the National Report, how to involve CSOs in the process and what to expect from the review itself.
- After the adoption of the reports of the 26th Working Group session of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR), the Human Rights Council (HRC) held its usual general debate on the UPR. On 17 March 2017 HRC Member States, Observer States, and civil society organisations (CSOs), discussed several issues regarding the UPR mechanism, including: general outcomes of the seond cycle, follow-up and reporting under Item 6, as well as the expectations for the third cycle.
- While the most recent series of UPR Info's Pre-sessions (4-7 April 2017) was met with success and enthusiasm by civil society and States alike, a deeply concerning incident arose with respect to the Pre-session of Bahrain. A prominent Bahraini human rights defender was due to speak at the Pre-session of Bahrain on 6 April, but was prevented from boarding a plane in Manama airport to travel to Geneva.
On Wednesday 5 April, UPR Info launched its latest publication The Civil Society Compendium: A comprehensive guide for civil society organisations (CSOs) engaging in the Universal Periodic Review. The event welcomed approximately 100 people from CSOs and Permanent Missions alike and was opened by H.E. Ambassador Mr Julian Braithwaite of The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (U.K.).
OverviewUPR Info organised its most recent series of Pre-sessions for the 27th session of the UPR on 4-7 April 2017. It was the first time that the United Nations hosted the unique UPR advocacy platform, seeing a shift of venue to Room XXIII of Palais des Nations. The move is positive evidence of the institutionalisation of civil society in the primarily State-led UPR process, as well as broader support for human rights advocacy across the United Nations as a whole. The international event gathered together human rights defenders from across the globe to present to State diplomats an update on the human rights situation in the 14 countries due to be reviewed at the 27th session (May 1-12 2017): Algeria; Bahrain; Brazil; Ecuador; Finland; India; Indonesia; Morocco; Netherlands; Philippines; Poland; South Africa; Tunisia; and United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.