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.