[UPR Trax] No 71: UPR Adoptions and Pre-sessions

UPR Info and the international community welcome the UPR third cycle

March saw the 34th meeting of the Human Rights Council take place, in Geneva, during which the second cycle of the UPR formally concluded. UPR Info monitored extensively the UPR Session 26 adoptions which took place, on March 16 and 17, during this session of the HRC. During the General Debate that followed UPR Info took the floor  to make an intervention. We encouraged States to follow the trend, from the first cycle, to submit mid-term reports. Moreover, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, on behalf of Brazil, Morocco, Paraguay, and another 60 States committed to this principle and four others through a joint statement delivered during the debate. UPR Info welcomes these pledges made by States and encourages cooperation between all Stakeholders for the third cycle.

UPR INFO Activities 

64 States commit to key UPR principles
On 17 March 2017, the United Kingdom delivered a Joint Statement on behalf of Brazil, Morocco, Paraguay, and 60 other UN Member States to the 34th Session of the Human Rights Council (HRC). This statement commits all 64 States to 5 core principles for the third UPR cycle. Read more here.

Increased monitoring and assessment in follow-up to UPR recommendations 
UPR Info recently monitored the adoptions of the Final Working Group Reports for the 26th Universal Periodic Review (UPR) at the 34th session of the Human Rights Council (HRC).
14 States gave their final responses to any recommendations they had left pending since their review in November 2016. These adoptions, which took place on 16 – 17 March 2017, formally closed the second cycle of the UPR. Read more about UPR Info’s intervention.

States and CSOs: New documents on OHCHR website
The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) is now publishing CSO's mid-term reports. This is a key development for CSOs as they can assess implementation of recommendations at mid-term. At UPR Info, we have been encouraging states and civil society to provide the international community with such reports since 2011, in particular in our former Follow-up Programme. We firmly believe that without such mid-term assessments, the UPR process remains largely an exercise focused on its Review in Geneva. Read more here.

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Ugandan CSOs finalise suggested implementation matrix
In December 2016, over 100 Ugandan CSOs gathered in a five-day workshop in Kampala to analyse the UPR recommendations that the state had received at its UPR in November. Divided into thematic clusters, the participants began to develop a CSO suggested implementation matrix outlining their expectations on the Government during the implementation process. In the matrix, CSOs proposes goals to be achieved by implementing each of the 2nd cycle UPR recommendations made to Uganda and pair them with proposed Government implementation actions. Read the full article.

Quote of the month

"We have a unique occasion, with the beginning of the third UPR cycle, to improve human rights on the ground. We therefore urge States to translate words into actions, and fully support all stakeholders on the ground, starting today!" 

Jean-Claude Vignoli, UPR Info Director of Programmes, at the Human Rights Council Item 6 General Debate, 17 March 2017.

Deadlines

  • 29 June 2017: 29th Session of the UPR Working Group

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