[UPR Trax] :No20: UPR Working Group holds 10th sesion

On February 4th, the Working Group of the UPR concluded its 10th session after reviewing the following sixteen States: Nauru, Rwanda, Nepal, Saint Lucia, Oman, Austria, Myanmar, Australia, Georgia, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Sao Tome and Principe, Namibia, Niger, Mozambique, Estonia and Paraguay.

During the review of Georgia, the Russian Federation made two points of order when the Georgian delegation mentioned the human rights situation in South Ossetia and Abkhazia. Georgia replied with two other points of order and the Vice President of the Human Rights Council (HRC) reminded all delegations that points of order should only be made on procedural matters. However, as the Vice President did not rule out the points of order, Georgia and the Russian Federation were able to get them included in footnotes in the report of the Working Group. This sets a potentially dangerous precedent as any State that seeks to voice its political opinion on the nature of a territory or a State in the Report of the Working Group can simply to make a point of order during the review.

Overall, the session experienced fewer problems arising from the list of speakers, which could be primarily attributed to a decrease in the participation of delegations that made statements.

The HRC Review continued its work in January. The UPR facilitator, H.E. Mr. Omar Hilale convened two informal consultations. On January 11, he presented a document containing the different proposals made by States and other stakeholders during the previous informals. Each issue was assigned a colour according to its degree of support by delegations: green for issues that enjoyed the wide support of most, orange for issues that require further discussions and red for issues with deep divergences. On January 21st, States were called to react to the presentation made on the 11th. Taking into account those reactions, the facilitator submitted a paper to the HRC President at the end of the month, which the latter presented to States on February the 3rd.


At UPR Info, we are very pleased to announce that former Acting High Commissioner for Human Rights, Bertrand G. Ramcharan, was elected on January 20th as President of UPR Info for a period of two years. He will bring to the organization his long and unique experience at the United Nations and we are looking forward working with him.

UPR Info also established an Advisory Board in charge of providing the Executive Committee and the Director of UPR Info with advice, expertise and strategies on the activities of the organisation in order to better fulfil its goal: to promote and strengthen the Universal Periodic Review. The members nominated are: Anita Goh (France) - NGO Group for the CRC, Marianne Lilliebjerg (Denmark) - Amnesty International, Professor Edward R. McMahon (United States) - University of Vermont, Katharina Rose (Germany) - International Coordinating Committee of National Human Rights Institutions and Micheál Tierney (Ireland) - Permanent Mission of Ireland to the United Nations.

Quote of the month

“Mr President, the name of my country is Myanmar”

Mr. Wunna Maung Lwin, Ambassador, Permanent Mission of the Union of Myanmar to the United Nations Office in Geneva, Introductory statement, Review of Myanmar, 27 January 2011.

Interview of the month

Our interviewee of the month is H.E. Mr. Omar Hilale, Ambassador of Morocco to the United Nations in Geneva and facilitator for the Universal Periodic Review at the Human Rights Council Review:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ELOoEMAAYKk

Next interview : Bertrand G. Ramcharan, President of UPR Info and former acting High Commissioner for Human Rights

News on the UPR

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On February 3rd, the President of the Human Rights Council (HRC), H.E. Mr. Sihasak Phuangketkeow, held an organisational meeting to prepare the second session of the Working Group on the HRC review to be held on 7, 17, 18, 23 and 24 February. Read more here…

  • Facilitator holds final informal consultation on the UPR on 21st January - 6 February 2011

On January 21, UPR Facilitator and Ambassador of Morocco H.E. Mr. Omar Hilale held a final informal consultation to hear delegations’ views on his presentation made on January 11. Read more here…

  • Footnotes reflecting the points of order included in Georgia’s report of the Working Group - 29 January 2011

Footnotes reflecting the points of order made by the Russian Federation and Georgia were finally included in Georgia’s Report of the Working Group despite not being considered as valid points of order by the Vice President of the Human Rights Council (HRC). Read more here…

  • Russia makes two points of order because Georgia mentions the human rights situation in South Ossetia and Abkhazia - 28 January 2011

The Russian Federation made a point of order during the Universal Periodic Review of Georgia when the latter raised the human rights situation in South Ossetia and Abkhazia. Read more here…

  • Myanmar makes a point of order because the United States uses the term "Burmese" - 28 January 2011

The delegation of Myanmar made a point of order during its review in the Universal Periodic Review after the Ambassador of the United States, H.E. Ms. Eileen Chamberlain Donahoe, referred to them as the “Burmese delegation”. Read more here…

  • New dates for the second working group session on the HRC review: 7, 17, 18, 23 and 24 February - 24 January 2011

The dates of the second session of the Working Group on the Human Rights Council have changed. Previously scheduled for 7-8 and 17-18-19 February, the session will now be held on 7, 17, 18, 23 and 24.

  • Session 9 Working Group reports to be adopted from 16 to 18 March - 14 January 2011

A draft Programme of work for the 16th session of the Human Rights Council was released on January 12th.

  • UPR Facilitator makes presentation on UPR negotiations for the HRC review - 12 January 2011

On Tuesday, January 11, H.E. Mr. Omar Hilale, Ambassador of Morocco and Facilitator on the UPR for the Human Rights Council Review, held an informal consultation to present the progress of discussions on the UPR. Read more here…

News on UPR-info.org

  • UPR Info establishes Advisory Board - 25 January 2011

UPR Info recently established an Advisory Board in charge of providing the Executive Committee and the Director of UPR Info with advice, expertise and strategies on the activities of the organisation in order to better fulfil its goal: to promote and strengthen the Universal Periodic Review. Read more here…

  • Former Acting High Commissioner Bertrand G. Ramcharan elected President of UPR Info - 25 January 2011

Bertrand G. Ramcharan, former Acting High Commissioner for Human Rights, was elected last week President of UPR Info for a period of two years. Read more here…