[UPR Trax] :No19: UPR Info now provides statistics on recommendations

From 8 to 10 December was held the Bangkok Retreat, a meeting organized in the framework of the Human Rights Council (HRC) review under the initiative of H.E. Mr. Sihasak Phuangketkeow, Ambassador of Thailand and President of the Human Rights Council. Its aim was to gather Ambassadors to brainstorm, without making any decision, with the hope that delegations would be able to go behind their talking points. National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) and accredited-ECOSOC NGOs were invited to participate for part of the Retreat and eight of them were given the floor. Overall, the discussion was of general nature and rarely touched upon concrete issues of the review. Most speakers stressed the importance of the UPR as a new human rights mechanism and country situations were intensively debated.

During the Retreat, H.E. Mr. Omar Hilale, facilitator on the UPR, made a very thorough and detailed PowerPoint presentation on the degree of acceptability of each proposal made so far, based on the discussions held during the three informal consultations and the three “informal informals”. The PowerPoint is available in the news below.

The second session of the Working Group on the HRC review will be held in February in two sessions: 7-9 and 17-18 February. Before that, the five facilitators will hold new informal consultations.

Next month, from 24 January to 4 February, the UPR Working Group will hold its 10th session and review the following countries in order: Nauru, Rwanda, Nepal, Saint Lucia, Oman, Austria, Myanmar, Australia, Georgia, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Sao Tome and Principe, Namibia, Niger, Mozambique, Estonia and Paraguay.

Last November, a unique event took place at the UPR. A submission was written by children and sent to the OHCHR to be part of the review of a country. World Vision in Lebanon gathered several dozens of children who formulated their recommendations and drafted the submission. One of them, Hassan, came to Geneva and UPR Info was fortunate enough to interview him. In a short video, he told us about his hopes and expectations from the UPR and the United Nations.


On UPR-info.org, we have just developed a new tool which produces statistics on recommendations made at the UPR. This unique feature enables the viewer to access tables and charts drawn from our database of recommendations through several categories: State under Review, recommending State, regional groups and organisations, response, session, thematic issues and the type of action. Over the next months, new features providing more detailed statistics will be available.

Quote of the month

“Efficient, effective, having impact on the ground, making a difference to the lives of people, delivering to those in needs of human rights protection and doing better in dealing with urgent situations in a constructive, cooperative and timely manner”

H.E. Mr. Sihasak Phuangketkeow, Ambassador of Thailand and President of the Human Rights Council, on what the HRC review can achieve, Interview of the month, December 2010, UPR Info.

Interview of the month

Our interviewee of the month is H.E. Mr. Sihasak Phuangketkeow, Ambassador of Thailand and President of the Human Rights Council:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8-HNIP-0d78

News on the UPR

  • Children submit NGO contribution to the UPR for the first time. 30 December 2010

Children from Lebanon, under the initiative of the non-governmental organisation World Vision, came together in order to write and send to the OHCHR a submission to the review of Lebanon, held on 10 November 2010. Read more here…

  • UPR Facilitator’s presentation made at the Bangkok Retreat - 28 December 2010

H.E. Mr. Omar Hilale, facilitator on the UPR, made at the Ambassadorial retreat in Bangkok, Thailand, on Wednesday 8 December, a very thorough and detailed PowerPoint presentation on the degree of acceptability of each proposal made during the review. Read more here…

  • Summary of the Bangkok Retreat - 20 December 2010

The Human Rights Council (HRC) held an "Ambassadorial retreat" in Bangkok, Thailand, from 8 to 10 December 2010 in the framework of the HRC review. Read more here…

  • 2nd HRC review WG session to be held from 7-9 and 17-18 February - 20 December 2010

The second Session of the Open-ended Working Group session on the HRC review will take place from 7 to 9 and from 17 to 19 February 2011.

  • UPR Facilitator on the HRC review presents conclusions of informal consultations - 4 December 2010

H.E. Mr. Omar Hilale, facilitator on the UPR, presented the points of convergence drawn from the three informal consultations. Read more here…

  • Meeting with HRC President postponed to Friday 3rd - 30 November 2010

The meeting with the President of the Human Rights Council (HRC) in the framework of the review of the Human Rights Council initially scheduled for Thursday 2 December has been postponed to Friday 3rd, room XIX.

News on UPR-info.org

  • Statistics on UPR recommendations available on UPR-info! - 29 December 2010

We just developed a new tool which produces statistics on recommendations made at the UPR. See more here…