As expected and asked by many stakeholders, the UPR is very likely to be part of the Review of the Human Rights Council (HRC). This is the leading trend at the HRC despite Switzerland’s different view and the HRC Bureau, consisting of the President and the four Vice-presidents, discussed on August the 20th the possibility to take a formal decision in that sense. An open-ended consultation was held yesterday on the Review discussing the modalities of the whole process, the timing and the relationship between Geneva and New York. Another consultation will take place on Monday the 6th at 10 am before real negotiations begin at the Working Group’s first session in October.
In three weeks, from the 21st to the 23rd of September, the Human Rights Council will adopt the Reports of the Working Group of States reviewed during session 8 last May. Those countries include, in order of adoption: Kyrgyzstan, Kiribati, Guinea, Laos, Spain, Lesotho, Kenya, Armenia, Guinea-Bissau, Sweden, Grenada, Turkey, Guyana, Kuwait and Belarus. The 15 adoptions will be followed, as usual, by a general debate on the UPR.
On UPR-info.org, we (finally) included recommendations from session 6 into our database. A total of 2039 recommendations were made by 108 States. 1265 were accepted (62%), 235 rejected (11.5%), 235 without clear position (11.5%) and 304 without any response (14.9%). The State under Review (SuR) which received most recommendations was the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea with 167 and the most active recommending States were Canada and Spain with 87 recommendations each made to the 16 SuR.
Finally, our library of videos on the UPR is growing. We just produced two new videos, one on the role of States under Review in the process and one on the role of NGOs. Those videos are also available in Spanish and will be in French very shortly. Our first video explaining the mechanism has already been watched more than 1,500 times!