[UPR Trax] :No26: Final deadlines for stakeholders submission at UPR 13th session

From September 21st to 23rd, the Human Rights Council (HRC) adopted the Working Group Reports of States reviewed last May at the eleventh UPR session: Belgium, Denmark, Palau, Somalia, Seychelles, Solomon Islands, Latvia, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Suriname, Greece, Samoa, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sudan, Hungary and Papua New Guinea. The adoptions of the Reports of Samoa and Papua New Guinea took place without the delegations. Both failed to come to Geneva but sent to the HRC written responses to the pending recommendations. This is the second time such situation occurs, a precedent had been establish by Kiribati in September 2010.
 

A total of twelve States submitted an addendum containing their responses to recommendations. Suriname and Sierra Leone announced in those addendums accepting recommendations aiming at abolish death penalty. However, those recommendations accepted by Sierra Leone are only “in principle” and “subject to constitutional review”.

A general debate followed those Working Group Reports adoptions. Scheduled to last two hours, only eleven speakers took the floor (eight States, one national institution and two non-governmental organisations) for a duration of 35 minutes. Most speakers talked about the second cycle and the importance of the follow-up. The National Commission of Human Rights of Malaysia provided the HRC with an oral update of the progress in the implementation of the recommendations in Malaysia.

On 30 September, the President of the Human Rights Council announced the final deadline for the submission of information by stakeholders for the 13th session of the UPR to be held from 21st May to 1st June 2012 :
- 21 November 2011 for information on Bahrain, Ecuador, Tunisia, Morocco, Indonesia, Finland and the United Kingdom.
- 28 November 2011 for information on India, Brazil, the Philippines, Algeria, Poland, the Netherlands and South Africa.
States reviewed at this 13th session are expected to submit their national report by 5 March 2012.


At UPR Info, we are organising an event to celebrate the end of the first cycle of the UPR on Thursday 13 October 2011, room XX of the Palais des Nations. This celebration is co-sponsored by the Permanent Missions of Switzerland, the Kingdom of Morocco and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. The event will aim to assess the first cycle of the UPR and the improvements achieved in human rights situations worldwide through this mechanism. It will also highlight the importance of and the challenges raised by the second cycle. A panel composed of different actors involved in the UPR will share experiences and best practices in engaging with the mechanism.

Quote of the month

“My country has drafted and implemented the first National Human Rights Action Plan 2009-2010. After two years of hard work, all the measures contained in the Action Plan have been implemented successfully and all the targets have been met”.

Mr. Hon Queng, Permanent Mission of China, General debate under item 6 of the Human Rights Council 18th session, 23 September 2011, presenting to the HRC an update on the implementation of China’s UPR recommendations.

Interview of the month

Our interviewee of the month is Ms. Hilary Charlesworth, Professor of International law at the Australian National University, Canberra. She explains us her current fellowship study on ritualism and regulations and its link to the UPR:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_rpd8fUMIvU

Deadlines for NGO participation in the UPR

- 21 November 2011: Deadline for the submission of information on States reviewed during the first week of the 13th UPR session (21st May – 1st June): Bahrain, Ecuador, Tunisia, Morocco, Indonesia, Finland and the United Kingdom.

- 28 November 2011: Deadline for the submission of information on States reviewed during the second week of the 13th UPR session (21st May – 1st June): India, Brazil, Philippines, Algeria, Poland, Netherlands and South Africa.

News on the UPR

  • National reports for UPR 13th session to be submitted by 5 March 2012 - 1 October 2011

On 30 September, the President of the Human Rights Council announced the deadline for the submission of national reports by States to be reviewed at the 13th session of the Universal Periodic Review.

  • Final deadlines for stakeholders submissions at UPR 13th session - 1 October 2011

On 30 September, the President of the Human Rights Council announced the final deadline for the submission of information by stakeholders for the 13th session of the Universal Periodic Review.

  • Sierra Leone accepts "in principle and subject to constitutional review" 15 recommendations calling to abolish the death penalty - 30 September 2011

The delegation of Sierra Leone announced in an addendum to the Report of the Working Group accepting fifteen recommendations calling to abolish the death penalty. Read more here…

  • Papua New Guinea sends last minute responses to recommendations for its UPR Working Group Report adoption - 30 September 2011

On September 29, Papua New Guinea finally sent to the Human Rights Council (HRC) its responses to pending recommendations for the adoption of its Report of the Working Group at the HRC 18th session. Read more here…

  • HRC holds general debate on the UPR - 29 September 2011

The General Debate concerning item 6 on the Universal Periodic Review took place on September 23 during the 18th Session of the Human Rights Council (HRC). Read more here…

  • Samoa absent from the adoption of its Working Group report at the HRC - 26 September 2011

Samoa was absent from the adoption of its Working Group Report held on 22 September 2011 at the Human Rights Council (HRC) 18th session. Read more here…

  • Suriname accepts 7 recommendations calling to abolish the death penalty - 20 September 2011

The delegation of Suriname announced in an addendum to the Report of the Working Group accepting seven recommendations calling to abolish the death penalty. Read more here…

News at UPR Info

  • UPR Info organises event on 13 October to celebrate the end of the 1st UPR cycle - 29 September 2011

UPR Info is organising an event to celebrate the end of the first cycle of the Universal Periodic Review on Thursday 13 October 2011, room XX of the Palais des Nations. Read more here…