[UPR Trax] No 75: UPR Pre-sessions and implementation

UPR Info announces the next Pre-sessions whilst working on in-country implementation

UPR Info is pleased to invite you to the next round of Pre-sessions on States to be reviewed at the 28th Session of the UPR Working Group (6-17 of November 2017): Argentina; Benin; Czechia; Gabon; Ghana; Guatemala; Japan; Pakistan; Peru; Republic of Korea; Sri Lanka; Switzerland; Ukraine; and Zambia.
This round of Pre-Sessions will be held on 10-13 October 2017, in Room XXV of Palais des Nations, Geneva.
If you wish to speak on any of the counties to be reviewed you can now apply for a speaking slot. For more information, please consult our website or email presessions@upr-info.org.
We have extended the deadline for applications to the 13th of August 2017.

UPR INFO Activities 

After a relatively quite Human Rights Council session in June, with no UPR adoptions, the last few weeks have seen UPR Info preparing the Pre-sessions for the 28th Session of the UPR Working Group whilst also working in Cambodia, Morocco, and Togo.

Aside from this, UPR Info has had the pleasure of welcoming a new staff member on board in the Geneva office. Nargiz Arupova has joined as Programme Manager for the Pre-sessions, having previously worked at the Geneva Center for Democratic Control of Armed Forces where she contributed on monitoring the capacity building of National Human Rights Institutions and on enhancing the good practices of parliamentary oversight of the security sector. 

Moroccan civil society fully engaged for UPR follow-up
From 29 June to 2 July 2017, UPR Info co-organised a UPR strategy workshop with the national civil society coalition, "UPR Group Morocco" [Groupe EPU Maroc]. The workshop, held in the region of Khémisset, brought together some 50 NGOs to discuss the national UPR process, and how civil society could meaningfully contribute to the realisation of recommendations. Read more here.

The UPR moves the lines in Togo
On 22 and 23 June 2017, UPR Info co-organised a National Dialogue in Togo between the State of Togo and their CSOs, the first ever in the country.
The National dialogue was the culmination of a cooperative project bringing together many actor for nine months. It began in October 2016, with the pre-session on Togo organised in Geneva by UPR Info, and then in December 2016 with a workshop for CSO co-organized by several CSOs in Lomé. The Government of Togo shared its decision in March 2017 with regard to the UPR recommendations received, paving the way for a discussion with Togolese CSOs. Full article here.

Cambodian CSOs take stock of UPR implementation
On 29-30 June 2017, UPR Info had the pleasure of participating in a UPR mid-term event in Phnom Penh. Co-organised by the Cambodian Center for Human Rights (CCHR), the chief objective of the event was to conduct a comprehensive assessment of implementation of the recommendations which Cambodia received during its second Universal Periodic Review in 2014. The event brought together representatives from national and international CSOs, OHCHR Cambodia and the Royal Government of Cambodia. In addition, the workshop received a lot of media coverage in both radio and printed press. More information here.

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Quote of the month

"The Universal Periodic Review is a unique and powerful tool to address the human rights situation in each country of the world in an egalitarian manner on an equal footing. While stressing that States bear the responsibility to ensure the protection and promotion of human rights, Switzerland attaches particular importance to civil society and wishes to strengthen its role in the framework of the UPR. We are convinced of the need to involve all the actors concerned in order to achieve sustainable progress in the field of human rights".

Sibylle OBRIST
Counsellor, Embassy of Switzerland in Morocco
Keynote address delivered during the CSO UPR workshop in Khémisset, Morocco
29 June 2017

Deadlines

  • Deadline to apply for a speaker slot for UPR28 Pre-sessions: 13 August 2017
  • UPR28 Pre-Sessions: 10 - 13 October 2017
  • 28th Session of the UPR Working Group: 6 – 12 November 2017
  • UPR29 Pre-Sessions: December 2017
Please consult our UPR Info Calendar for more key dates.

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