[UPR Trax] :No16: UPR Info releases analytical assessment of the UPR

The 15th session of the Human Rights Council (HRC) witnessed eventful UPR adoptions. For the first time in the history of the UPR, a State, Kiribati, failed to present itself before the HRC for the adoption of its Working Group report. The Report was nonetheless adopted on the last day of the HRC without the delegation which sent a written statement providing their responses to recommendations. On another innovative note, Guinea-Bissau sent a representative a week after the scheduled adoption and its Report was thus also adopted on October 1st.

The fourteen other Working Group reports from session 8 were adopted smoothly: Kyrgyzstan, Guinea, Laos, Spain, Lesotho, Kenya, Armenia, Sweden, Grenada, Turkey, Guyana, Kuwait and Belarus. The General debate that followed those adoptions raised the same usual issues: list of speakers, responses to recommendations, the follow-up and item 6 with a special emphasis on the second cycle which is becoming a recurring topic at the UPR. Argentina and Romania were the tenth and eleventh States to present a mid-term report on the progress made in the implementation of their recommendations. In this regard, the OHCHR announced having set up a specific page on its website to upload them.

The deadlines for submission of national report for session 10, 11 and 12 are respectively 18 October 2010, 1st February 2011 and 4th July 2011.


On UPR-info.org, we are proud to announce you the release of our paper “Analytical Assessment of the Universal Periodic Review 2008-2010”. This paper, produced with the support of the Open Society Institute, aims at making a preliminary critical assessment of the efficiency of the mechanism and intends to contribute to the HRC review. In 28 pages, we try to answer the following question: Is the UPR fulfilling its principles and objectives and showing, after two years of existence, human rights improvements in the 112 UN Member States it has reviewed? We look into the statistics of seven first UPR sessions, discuss the features of the UPR that make the mechanism unique, analyze the lessons learnt to determine what really works and what does not, and finally attempt to provide practical recommendations that would help the HRC in advancing the UPR.

On Thursday 7 October, we are organising a workshop to gather civil society’s recommendations to the UPR in the framework of the HRC review and provide inputs to the first intergovernmental working group to be held from 25th to 29th October. To gather views from local and national NGOs and include them in ours discussions to be held that day, we set up a forum on our website. The forum will remain open all through the HRC review process to receive comments on the review and new proposals to improve the UPR.

Videos on the UPR process and the role of States under Review are finally available in French and we just uploaded addendums of States reviewed a while ago which were not available or only in their original language: Brunei, Cyprus, Russian Federation and Yemen.

 

Quote of the month

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Statement by Kiribati, absent from the adoption of its Working Group report, 15th session of the HRC, 1st October 2010.

News on the UPR

  • HRC holds usual general debate on the UPR - 5 October 2010

After the adoption of the Universal Periodic Review reports of session eight, the Human Rights Council (HRC) held on Thursday 23 September its usual general debate under item 6. Both members and observers States as well as NGO discussed several issues on the UPR including: follow up and reporting under item 6, responses to recommendations, the list of speakers, the presentation of mid-term reports and the second cycle. Read more here…

  • Delayed addendum finally available! - 29 September 2010

The addendum of Cyprus expected since March is finally public. It is available on our website.

  • Kiribati and Guinea-Bissau’s reports of the Working Group adopted on October 1st -

23 September 2010

Read more here…

  • Argentina and Romania submit mid-term reports - 23 September 2010
 
  • Mid-term reports available on OHCHR website - 23 September 2010

 

  • Adoption of Kiribati’s report postponed to next week - 22 September 2010

The President of the Human Rights Council informed this evening delegations that he was able to contact the government of Kiribati regarding the adoption of their report. Read more here…

  • Guinea-Bissau absent from the adoption of its own Report - 22 September 2010

Guinea-Bissau failed to appear today before the Human Rights Council (HRC) for the adoption of its Report of the Working Group. Read more here…

  • Kiribati’s adoption of the Report of the Working Group postponed - 22 September 2010

The adoption of the Report of the Working Group of Kiribati which was scheduled yesterday at 10 am was postponed to tomorrow Thursday. Read more here…

  • Deadlines for National report submissions for session 10, 11 and 12 - 12 September 2010

 

News on UPR-info.org

  • UPR Info releases analytical assessment of the Universal Periodic Review - 5 October 2010

UPR Info, with the support of the Open Society Institute, released today an analytical assessment of the UPR process. Read more here…

  • Video in French on the functioning of the UPR process - 5 October 2010

 

  • Forum for NGOs on how to improve the UPR - 27 September 2010

UPR Info, with the support of the Open Society Institute, is organising in Geneva on the 7th of October a workshop for NGOs on how to strengthen the UPR mechanism in the framework of the Human Rights Council review. Read more here…

  • Video in French on the role of States under Review at the UPR - 19 September 2010