From 14th to 16th March, the Human Rights Council (the Council) will adopt the Working Group Reports of States reviewed during session 12, held last October. Those countries include, in order of adoption: Tajikistan, United Republic of Tanzania, Antigua and Barbuda, Swaziland, Trinidad and Tobago, Thailand, Ireland, Togo, Syrian Arab Republic, Venezuela, Iceland, Zimbabwe, Lithuania, Uganda, Timor-Leste, Republic of Moldova, and Haiti. In addition to those seventeen countries, the Council still has to adopt Libya’s report. Initially scheduled for March 2011 and postponed for September 2011 due to the troubling country situation, the adoption will take place during the session.
The adoptions will be followed by a two-hour general debate where States and NGOs will be given the opportunity to update the Council about the progress made in implementing recommendations. Additionally, on 21st March, the Council will hold a Panel Discussion on technical cooperation at the UPR. The objective of the discussion will be to share best best practices, technical cooperation and capacity building among all relevant actors with a view to promote the implementation of the outcome of the first cycle of the UPR.
At UPR Info, we are pleased to announce you the holding of “UPR pre-sessions” to discuss the human rights situation of States to be reviewed at the 13th session of the UPR. This 13th session will be held from 21st May to 4th June and includes the following 14 States: Bahrain, Ecuador, Tunisia, Morocco, Indonesia, Finland, the United Kingdom, India, Brazil, Philippines, Algeria, Poland, the Netherlands and South Africa. These pre-sessions will give the opportunity to civil society organizations (CSOs) to meet with various permanent delegations at once, and brief them on the human rights situation in their country, saving in that way both time and resources. The meetings will take place from 29 March to 4 April in Geneva, at 1 rue Varembé.
Additionally, UPR Info launched a new training tool on the UPR. We developed three tutorials explaining different aspects of the UPR: its modalities for the second and subsequent cycles, the role of each State under Review, and the role of CSOs. These tutorials are aimed at all stakeholders, and can be found on our website as well as are available on DVD upon request.
Furthermore, UPR Info joined forces with the NGO Group for the CRC to develop practical and action-oriented fact sheets on the UPR process, aiming at providing general information, as well as technical details, about the mechanism in order to enhance the civil society’s understanding of its modalities, and of the ways it can engage with it. A total of four fact sheets will be developed. The two first ones pertaining to the UPR mechanism and NGO submission are already available.
Finally, recommendations made during Session 11 of the UPR Working Group (May 2011) are now available on our Database. A total of 2147 recommendations were made by 113 States. Responses from SuR have been more specific in session 11 than in previous sessions. Only 0.23% of the responses were not clear compared to 7.14% for session 1 to 10 and 3.4% of the recommendations did not receive any response compared to 5.81% for session 1 to 10.