Iran's review is surpassing all limits ever witnessed regarding the enrolment on the speaker's list. States have planned to stay over night in the premises of the Palais des Nations to be the first to register on Friday 12 February at 8.45 am. The 60 slots are allocated on a "first come, first serve" basis. Delegates are expected to wait all night in their car and then start queueing early morning outside door 40.
Haiti's delegation asked this morning during the Human Rights Council 13th Special Session on "Support to recovery process in Haiti: A Human Rights approach" to postpone the day of its review at the UPR.
This proposal was backed by numerous States and accepted by the HRC. The resolution passed during this session decided to "postpone relevant deadlines related to its Universal Periodic Review within the Human Rights Council to a date no later than December 2011".
On Thursday 3 December UPR Info held its first side event, entitled "Analysis of UPR Recommendations: Informing the 2011 HRC Review" which was attended by over 50 Government officials, NGO delegates and individuals. The event was chaired by Roland Chauville from UPR Info. Speaking were Professor Edward McMahon (University of Vermont), Muriel Berset (Swiss Delegation) and Marianne Lilliebjerg (Amnesty International).
For the very first time in the (brief) history of the UPR, the State under Review was not present in the room during the adoption "ad referendum" of the report of its own review.
Cyprus contested the inclusion in the report of a statement by Turkey containing "non-UN terminology", according to a letter sent by the Ambassador of Cyprus to the President of the Human Rights Council (HRC) and therefore refused to be present in the room "when action will be taken".