[UPR Trax] :No14: Responses & Stamina

The 4th year of the Human Rights Council (HRC) ended with the adoption of the UPR Working Group reports of session 8 (May 2010). Eleven States submitted their responses in an addendum which is the highest number after session 4 (12) and on the same line as previous sessions: 9 for session 5 and 6, 10 for session 3, 9 for session 2 and 7 for session 1.

The three-day adoptions were followed by a general debate on the UPR. Member-States, observers, and NGOs took the floor to discuss several issues including: the speaker’s list, the responses to recommendations, the second cycle, reporting under item 6 and the presentation of mid-term reports. On the latter, Finland, France and the Netherlands presented information on the implementation of UPR recommendations.

The 5th year of the HRC started with the selection of the order of review for session 10, 11 and 12 and the selection of troikas for session 9, 10 and 11. Haiti will be the last State of the first cycle to be reviewed on October the 13th 2011.

On UPR-info.org, we have developed two timelines explaining States under Review and members of the Working Group participation at the UPR. Those documents detail in one page the different steps of the process from their perspective with the timeframe for each step.

Concerning responses to recommendations provided during the adoptions, we have updated the documents listing all the recommendations received and the responses given by States under Review. Also, we have issued a “Methodology” to shed lights on how we analyse the responses to recommendations. This document explains the four categories we have (accepted, rejected, no clear position and pending) and how we deal with the three new categories (accepted in part, already implemented or in the process of implementation and noted).

Quote of the month

“The arrangements currently in place for NGOs to secure one of the prized 9 or 10 speaking slots are fraught with obstacles. At times the possibilities to secure a speaking slot depend more on athletic footwear and stamina, than the equal opportunity and decorum to which this Council aspires."

Marianne Lilliebjerg, Representative of Amnesty International, on the list of speakers for NGOs for Human Rights Council plenary adoptions, General debate under item 6, 11 June 2010.

News on the UPR

  • Troika members of Session 9, 10 and 11 - 29 June 2010

On Monday 21st, the Human Rights Council selected the troika members for States reviewed during session 9 (November 2010), 10 (January 2011) and 11 (May 2011).

  • Order of review for the 10th, 11th, and 12th session - 22 June 2010

The Human Rights Council selected yesterday afternoon the order of review for the 10th (January 2011), 11th (May 2011) and 12th (October 2011) session of the Universal Periodic Review Working Group.

  • HRC holds general debate on the UPR - 17 June 2010

On Friday 11 June, the Human Rights Council (HRC) held a general debate on the Universal Periodic Review. Member-States, observers, and NGOs took the floor to discuss several issues including: the speaker’s list, the responses to recommendations, the second cycle, reporting under item 6, and the presentation of mid-term reports. Read more here…

  • Mid-term report by France on implementation of recommendations - 15 June 2010

France presented on Friday 11 June during Human Rights Council item 6 General Debate a mid-term report concerning the state of implementation of the recommendations received and the pledges made in the framework of their Universal Periodic Review held in May 2008.

  • Mid-term report by Finland on its recommendations - 14 June 2010

Finland presented on Friday 11 June during Human Rights Council item 6 General Debate a mid-term report concerning the state of implementation of the ten recommendations received and the two pledges made in the framework of their Universal Periodic Review held in April 2008.

News on UPR-info.org

  • Timeline for SuR participation - 30 June 2010

We have just developed a timeline explaining States under Review’s participation at the UPR. This document details in one page the different steps of the process from the SuR perspective with the timeframe for each step.

  • Timeline for Working Group members participation - 30 June 2010

We have just developed a timeline explaining Working Group members’ participation at the UPR. This document details in one page the different steps of the process from the Working Group members’ perspective with the timeframe for each step.

  • Final updates on responses to recommendations - Session 7 - 29 June 2010

Two weeks ago, the Human Rights Council adopted Working Group Reports of States reviewed during the 7th session of the UPR (February 2010). For each of the 16 SuR, we have updated the document listing all the recommendations received and the responses given by the State under Review.