The 25th Session of the UPR took place from 2 to 13 May 2016 at Palais des Nations, Geneva. Of the 14 States reviewed, Ireland received the highest number of recommendations (262), followed by Thailand (249) and Sudan (244). It was significant to see that during the review of Sudan, many States raised concerns over the action of the Sudanese security agency NISS to confiscate the passports of four human rights defenders (HRDs) due to travel to Geneva for UPR Info’s Pre-sessions in March 2016. Although the HRDs later had their passports returned, the act was an unacceptable limitation on civil society's participation in the UPR.
In May 2016 we launched our Annual Report, which provides an overview of our activities and achievements during 2015. The highlight of the year was the establishment of two new UPR Info regional offices in Asia and Africa to increase regional support and facilitate multi-stakeholder engagement with the UPR on the ground. In 2015 we continued to support UPR implementation strategies through our Follow-up Programme and, in Geneva, we held Pre-sessions on 29 countries. We also launched three publications on the UPR, including A Guide for Recommending States. Finally, 2015 saw the election of Mr Miloon Kothari, former UN Special Rapporteur on adequate housing, as new President of UPR Info.
UPR INFO GENEVA
25th Session of the UPR
Civil society participation at the heart of the 25th session of the UPR
The 25th Session of the UPR Working Group took place on 2-13 May 2016 at Palais des Nations, Geneva. The 14 States reviewed were: Antigua and Barbuda, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Papua New Guinea, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, Sudan, Suriname, Swaziland, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, and Trinidad and Tobago. During the interactive dialogues, a total of 2,553 recommendations were made. Ireland totaled the highest number of recommendations (262) at this session, followed by Thailand (249) and Sudan (244). Civil society organisations organised side events on the reviews of Thailand, Tanzania, Swaziland, and Papua New Guinea. During the UPR of Sudan, States expressed their concern at the situation of human rights defenders (HRDs) in the country. Particular attention was given to the fact that, in the context of UPR Info's Pre-sessions in March, four Sudanese HRDs due to travel to Geneva had their passports confiscated by security agents before boarding their planes. Read more here.
UPR Info's 2015 Annual Report
We established two Regional Offices in Bangkok, Thailand, and Nairobi, Kenya. We launched three publications on the UPR, including A Guide for Recommending States. We continued to support UPR implementation strategies through our Follow-up Programme in Malawi, Mongolia, Nepal, and Rwanda. We also had a strong year of engagement and participation at our Pre-sessions, both in Geneva as well as at our new in-country Pre-sessions in Myanmar and Thailand. Read more here.
CSO strategy workshop in Sierra Leone
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32nd Session of the Human Rights Council
Sudanese HRDs have passports returned
UPR INFO REGIONAL OFFICES
UPR Info launches Regional Office in Africa
Speakers at the meeting included: Ms. Christine Alai, Chairperson of the Board of Directors, UPR Info Africa; Mr. Jean-Claude Vignoli, Director of Programmes, UPR Info Headquarters in Geneva; Marcella Favretto, Senior Human Rights Adviser at the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights; Mr. Jamie Pennell, First Secretary, Canadian High Commission in Nairobi; Ms. Janssen Stijn, First Secretary and Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN, Royal Netherlands Embassy in Nairobi; Mr. David C. Jourdan, First Secretary, Royal Norwegian Embassy in Nairobi; and Ms. Maryann Njau-Kimani, Secretary at the Office of the Attorney General and Department of Justice.
UPR Info Africa is headed by Mr Gilbert Onyango, a Kenyan human rights expert with significant professional experience across the African continent. The Africa Office has been working since 2015 on activities that can be divided into: workshops with CSOs, dialogue-days between CSOs and governments and multi-stakeholder training sessions. UPR Info Africa has so far worked with partners in Namibia, Tanzania, Kenya, Sierra Leone, and Tanzania, with plans to engage this year with UPR stakeholders in Togo and Uganda. Read more here.