[UPR Trax] :No28: Information on session 14 to be submitted in March

The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights published the deadlines for the submission of information by States under Review and other stakeholders for the 14th session of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR). The deadlines for the submission of information by civil society organisations and national institutions are 19 March 2012 for Czech Republic, Argentina, Gabon, Ghana, Peru, Guatemala and Benin and 26 March 2012 for the Republic of Korea, Switzerland, Pakistan, Zambia, Japan, Ukraine and Sri Lanka. The deadline for the submission of all national reports is 23 July 2012.
 

The Secretariat of the Human Rights Council (HRC) released the Calendar for all HRC meetings to be held in 2012. UPR Working Group sessions 13 and 14 are scheduled respectively from 21 May to 4 June and from 22 October to 5 November.

The programme of work of the 19th session of the HRC was also published. The Working Group reports of the 12th UPR session will be adopted from 14 to 16 March 2012 and followed by a two-hour general debate. On Wednesday the 21st, the Annual thematic discussion on best-practices on technical cooperation will focus on the follow-up to UPR recommendations.


At UPR Info, we have launched, together with the organisation Mandat International, a survey on States procedure to draft statements at the UPR. Having received several requests from a number of NGOs, we send questions to the 173 missions present in Geneva on how they draft statements at the UPR and the best time, location and format to receive information from NGOs. We are expecting answers by December 23rd and will share the results on the website.

Recommendations from session 10 are now available in the database. A total of 2306 recommendations were made by 123 States. Out of those 2306 recommendations, 1771 were accepted (76.8%), 311 rejected (13.5%), 111 without clear position (4.8%) and 113 without any response (4.9%). The State under Review which received most recommendations was Myanmar with 197 recommendations and the most active recommending State was Spain with 95 recommendations.

Our Follow-up Programme is going well, not only in terms of quantity (increase in the number of participants) but also regarding its quality, interest and potential. We achieved a first step by completing sessions 2 and 3. Thanks to 52 stakeholders, we are happy to share the Mid-term Implementation Assessments for 20 countries. We are currently compiling session 4; at least 60 stakeholders have already sent their comments on the implementation of recommendations. The quality of those comments has improved greatly, mainly because the Follow-up Programme is now well-known. Inspired by the programme, NGOs in Mexico, Canada and New Zealand have joined forces to monitor the implementation in their countries, other NGOs have resumed their discussion with their Governments and new ones have started to engage for the first time with the mechanism, raising awareness and assessing the progress made. Thanks to the participation of all actors, the positive dynamic is well underway; but we continue to need your expertise to keep the momentum alive.

Finally, we will release in January three tutorials on the UPR process and the role of States under Review and NGOs. These tutorials will be available on our website and on DVDs.

We wish you all the best for 2012.

Quote of the month

“There is undoubted potential for good in the UPR procedure, provided that governments participate and cooperate in good faith. The record here is mixed.”

Bertrand G. Ramcharan, UPR Info President and former acting High Commissioner for Human Rights, assessing the work of the Human Rights Council and its procedures in his latest book "The UN Human Rights Council", Routledge, 2001.

Interview of the month

Our interviewee of the month is Ms. Marlene Alejos, Human Rights Officer at the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva and currently doing a sabbatical at UPR Info. She explains us her study on the voluntary pledges and commitments and their inclusion into our database:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t8vWz5s0Tes

Deadlines for NGO participation in the UPR

19 March 2012: Deadline for the submission of information on States reviewed during the first week of the 14th UPR session (22 October – 5 November): Czech Republic, Argentina, Gabon, Ghana, Peru, Guatemala and Benin.

26 March 2012: Deadline for the submission of information on States reviewed during the second week of the 14th UPR session (22 October – 5 November): Republic of Korea, Switzerland, Pakistan, Zambia, Japan, Ukraine and Sri Lanka.

Latest documents on UPR-info.org

- Calendar of Human Rights Council annual meetings for 2012.

- Danish Institute for Human Rights, UPR First Cycle - Reporting methodologies from the positions of the state, civil society and national human rights institutions, 2011.

- Danish Institute for Human Rights, Spot on: Universal Perioric Review An Introduction - A , C, E, F, R, S, Danish, Greenlandic, Anette Faye Jacobsen, 2010.

- UPR-HR Forum, Status report on Bangladesh (July 2009 - July 2011), 13 October 2011.

- Roger Lloret Blackburn, Cultural Relativism in the Universal Periodic Review of the Human Rights Council, September 2011.

Latest Mid-term Implementation Assessments

- Colombia

- France

- Israel

News on the UPR

  • Deadlines for the submission of information by States, NGOs and NHRIs on session 14 - 22 December 2011

The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights published the deadlines for the submission of information by the States under Review and other stakeholders for the 14th session of the UPR.

  • "Cultural Relativism in the Universal Periodic Review of the Human Rights Council", by Roger Lloret Blackburn - 30 November 2011

Can cultural relativism be witnessed during the UPR? For the purpose of his analysis, Roger Blackburn uses the three main UPR documents (the National report, the UN Compilation and the Summary of Stakeholders) and focuses on the countries that scholars identify as belonging to the cultural relativist group (China, Colombia, Cuba, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Malaysia, Mexico, Myanmar, Pakistan, Vietnam and Yemen). Read more here…

  • Calendar of HRC meetings for 2012 - 28 November 2011

The Calendar for all Human Rights Council meetings to be held in 2012 is now available. Read more here...

News at UPR Info

  • Recommendations from session 10 available in our Database - 22 December 2011

Recommendations made during Session 10 of the UPR Working Group (January 2011) are available in our Database.

  • "The HRC does some good but can do better": Our President assesses the work of the Council – 9 November 2011

Our President, Dr. Bertrand G. Ramcharan, just released a book on the work of the Human Rights Council (HRC) ("The UN Human Rights Council", Routledge, 2011). This book takes stock of the first five years of the HRC and reviews its different procedures and mechanisms. Read more here…