[UPR Trax] No 70: UPR Third Cycle to Start

2017 off to a hopeful start  

The last UPR Review of 2016 year continued the legacy of numerous, high quality recommendations, a trend we hope to see as the Third cycle of the UPR begins in May.

In preparation for Session 27 of the UPR, CSOs have submitted their applications to participate on our Pre-Sessions Programme, to take place in April. The high amount of applications indicates it will be yet another promising advocacy week for both CSO and Government engagement. The adoption reports of UPR Session 26 will  take place, on March 16th and 17th, during the Human Rights Council 34th Session, due to start next week.

This month also saw the selection of the Troika members for the year’s UPR Working Group Sessions, and the publication by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights of the Session 28 country specific matrices. These are designed to help CSOs submitting reports by facilitating the monitoring and assessment process of the UPR, a feature to be emphasised in the third cycle.

Although the processes in Geneva have been calm during this time of year, UPR Info has used this time to provide training for State parties, in Switzerland, and CSOs, in Sri Lanka and Lebanon, in preparation for their UPR engagement. 


UPR INFO 2017 

UPR Report adoptions due to take place in March
The Working Group (WG) Reports of States reviewed at the 26th UPR Session (31 October – 11 November 2016) will be adopted from 16 March to 17 March, following which the Item 6 General Debate is scheduled, for discussions on the UPR mechanism. The following States are scheduled to have their WG Reports adopted: TogoSyriaVenezuelaIcelandZimbabweLithuaniaUgandaTimor-LesteMoldovaHaiti, and South Sudan. For more information, click here.

UPR Session 28 to be held 6-17 November 2017
The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights has just issued the timetable for the 28th UPR Working Group session to be held 6-17 November 2017. Visit our website for more information on the countries to be reviewed.

Recommendations of both quantity and quality made at the 25th UPR Session    
The recommendations made at the 25th Session of the UPR Working Group, which took place on 2-13 May 2016, are now available on our database. This Session yielded the most recommendations received to date, amounting to 5.33% of all UPR recommendations. Click here for more statistics.

Philippines’ request for deferral of UPR rejected
The Permanent Mission of the Philippines issued a Note Verbale on 23 January 2017 addressed to all Permanent Missions and to the President of the Human Rights Council requesting to defer its examination under the UPR Working Group, which was to take place on 8 May, to 2017. Later, the Philippines issued another Note Verbale retracting the request. Read the full article.

Troika Members selected for UPR Working Group Sessions 27 and 28
On 13 February 2017, the Human Rights Council (HRC) selected the Troika members for the States to be reviewed at sessions 27 (1– 12 May 201), and 28 (6-17 November 2017) of the UPR Working Group. To find out more about the Troika, follow this link.

Matrices for UPR 28 now available for NGO input
As the third cycle of the UPR begins, and with the aim of improving the effectiveness of written submissions, the OHCHR has developed new guidelines for "other stakeholders" and has devised 'Matrices of recommendations of countries to be reviewed during the 3rd cycle of the UPR' . The purpose of the matrices is to collect precise and specific information on the level of implementation, in the State under review, of both the accepted and noted recommendations from their previous reviews. They will be used by the OHCHR to draft the document on the summary of other stakeholders' information. The OHCHR has released a country-specific matrix for each of the 14 States that will be under review on the 28th Session this November. To see an example, visit our full article

UPR Info Regional Offices

​Nairobi Office fully registered
Our office has finally been registered under the Kenyan law. We warmly thank our partners who provided key support during the registration process.

UPR Info Asia to end activities
The office carried out successful activities in Nepal, Mongolia, Myanmar, and Thailand and demonstrated the opportunities offered by the UPR to all. In Thailand, the intensive work with human rights defenders and people at the grassroots level has led to the creation of the Thai CSO’s Coalition for the UPR. Having met many objectives and for internal organisational reasons, it was decided to close the UPR Info Asia office in December 2016. We will actively continue our support for activists in Asia, including from Geneva. We will notably be working with our partners in Sri Lanka, India and Nepal to enhance their skills and knowledge of the UPR. Read more here. 

Quote of the month

"Big responsibility beyond the reporting stage as how to civil society can be brought to a common direction on human rights advocacy

Herman Kumara, Convener at National Fisheries Solidarity Movement (NAFSO), at the CSO UPR submission workshop, 17 February 2017. 


  • 30 March 2017: Stakeholders’ Report submissions deadline for the 28th UPR session.
  • 20 June 2017: 29th Session of the UPR Working Group.
  • Deadlines for the entire third cycle (sessions 27 to 40) are available by country and by session.

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