• List of speakers on Viet Nam cut off after 60 States due to time constraints

    The list of speakers on the review of Viet Nam today Friday 8 was cut off by the President of the Working Group due to time constraints, despite regrets expressed by Ireland, the first of the twelve States prevented from speaking.

    This is not the first time that the list of speakers is cut off due to time constraints. This was indeed the case during the review of Algeria, South Africa, Ghana, Sri Lanka and United Arab Emirates during the three first sessions as well as during the review of almost all States during Session 4.

  • HRC members speaking time reduced to 2 minutes for Afghanistan's review

    The speaking time for the review of Afghanistan is reduced to two minutes for Human Rights Council members.

    The President of the Working Group on the Universal Periodic Review, H.E. Martin Ihoeghian Uhomoibhi, announced at the end of the day that, due to the number of speakers enrolled for Afghanistan's review (58 States), Human Rights Council's members will have their speaking time reduced to two minutes.

  • Belize sets shortest review record!

    The review of Belize today during the 5th session was the shortest in the UPR's history and its 67 reviews so far.

    Belize's interactive dialogue only contained 20 speakers and lasted just over 1:30; the previous record being 21 States and lasting 1:48 for Finland.

  • New HRC Secretariat document on the list of speakers

    The Secretariat of the Human Rights Council has summarized in a document the procedure on the opening of the list of speakers.

    Here are the main points:

    - from now on, the inscription for the two reviews of a given day will take place the day before 15 minutes before the begining of the afternoon review.

    - for the first day of the session, the inscription is at 9 am the very same day for both reviews.

  • HRC Bureau discusses UPR budgetary issues and the list of speakers

    The Human Rights Council (HRC) Bureau met on April the 22nd to discuss organisational matters, including on the Universal Periodic Review (UPR).

    The UPR, and the HRC as a whole, has been suffering from budgetary restrictions over the last months, threatening the 5th and 6th UPR Working Group. The documentation of the UPR is the most affected. Measures are being taken by the HRC President to solve this issue.