[UPR Trax] No 76: Supporting in-country activities and welcoming the new Executive Director

Mona M'Bikay appointed new Executive Director of UPR Info

UPR Info is very pleased and excited to announce the appointment of Mona M'Bikay as its new Executive Director. Starting on September 1st Mona M'Bikay will work closely with the outgoing Executive Director, Roland Chauville, for a two-month transition period. Mona M’Bikay is a human rights lawyer with 20 years work experience. The whole staff and the Executive Board very much look forward to working with Mona.
To know more about Mona M’Bikay, click here.

UPR INFO ACTIVITIES

During the month of August, UPR Info Africa supported CSOs activities in Uganda, Ghana, and Botswana. 

Aside from this, recommendations from the 26th UPR Session have been added to our Database and we are preparing for the 27th UPR adoptions which is scheduled in September.

Further, August saw a post-UPR civil society strategy workshop in New Delhi (India) organized by the Working Group on Human Rights and the UN, in partnership with UPR Info.

During this time, UPR Info has had the pleasure of welcoming new staff members on board in the Geneva office: Maria Valenta as its new Finance Officer and Tenar Lorente as its Junior Programme Officer.

UPR Info Geneva

The vast majority of recommendations at the 26th UPR Session supported
The 26th Session of the UPR Working Group took place from 31 October to 11 November 2016 during which 2,461 recommendations were made to the 11 States under Review: Haiti,IcelandLithuaniaMoldova (Republic of)South SudanSyrian Arab RepublicTimor LesteTogo,UgandaVenezuela (Bolivarian Republic of), and Zimbabwe. The recommendations are available here.

57,686 UPR recommendations received to date
The adoption of the 26th UPR Working Group Reports at the Human Rights Council (HRC) in March 2017 marked the completion of the second UPR cycle. 57,686 recommendations were received over cycle one and two. To read more click here.

27th UPR adoptions to take place in September
The 36th session of the Human Rights Council (HRC) is scheduled to take place from 11-29 September 2017, during which the Working Group (WG) Reports from the 27th session of the UPR will be adopted. More information here.

UPR Info In-country Activities

Indian CSOs mobilise and strategise around 3rd cycle UPR recommendations
On 12-13 August 2017, the Working Group on Human Rights in India and the UN (WGHR), in partnership with UPR Info, organised a post-UPR civil society strategy workshop in New Delhi, India. The event gathered some 60 participants from more than 13 states across India, representing a wide spectrum of rights holders, including: children; women; human rights defenders; persons living with disabilities; LGBTI persons; and the elderly, as well organisations working on other human rights issues such as housing, education, freedom of religion, dalit rights, access to justice, police reforms, and others. Full article here.

UPR Info Africa

UPR Info Africa Regional Office Roundup
During August UPR Info Africa supported several activities in Uganda and Ghana whilst also developing programmes in Botswana to be delivered in the Autumn of 2017. These activities, primarily working with civil society organisations (CSOs), ranged from supporting them in developing Advocacy Factsheets, participating in Dialogue workshops, and facilitating In-country Pre-sessions.

Uganda
Between 9th and 11th August, UPR Info Africa delivered a presentation on Best Practices for the Implementation of the Recommendations at the Uganda Interactive Dialogue workshop between Government and members of the Civil and Political Rights Cluster Group that was organised by FHRI and ACTV. The meeting was held at the Royal Suites Hotel in Kampala, Uganda and was attended by over 40 participants. More information here.

Ghana
On 15th and 16th August, 2017, UPR Info participated in the Advocacy Factsheet Development Workshop held at the Danish Embassy in Accra, Ghana. The meeting was opened by the Her Excellency Tove Degnbol, the Ambassador of Denmark. The main objective of the meeting was to train both CSOs and the media on the UN human rights monitoring mechanisms, specifically the UPR process, and build their capacity in this regard. Full article here.

UPR Info opens applications for Pre-sessions UPR 29

UPR Info is pleased to invite you to the next round of Pre-sessions on States to be reviewed at the 29th Session of the UPR Working Group (15-26 January 2018): BahamasBarbados
BotswanaBurundiFranceIsrael
LiechtensteinLuxembourgMali
MontenegroRomaniaSerbia
Tongaand United Arab Emirates.

This round of Pre-Sessions will be held on 12-15 December 2017, in Room XXII of Palais des Nations, Geneva.

If you wish to speak on any of the countries to be reviewed you can now apply for a speaking slot. For more information, please consult our website or email us at presessionsupr-info.org. The deadline for applications to the 22nd September 2017, 09:00 pm (CET).

Key Dates

  • Pre-sessions UPR28: 10-13 October; the timetable is available here
  • 28th Session of the UPR Working Group: 6-17 November 2017
  • Pre-sessions UPR29: 12-15 December and the call for applications is now open here
Please consult our UPR Info Calendar for more key dates.28th Session of the UPR Working Group: 6-17 November 2017

Latest documents

  • UPR Session 26 is available in our Database
  • Pre-sessions Calendar for UPR Session 28
  • Pre-sessions Application for UPR Session 29
  • What is the UPR? (Video)

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