[UPR Trax] :No3: 5th session at a glance

On Friday 15 May, the Working Group (WG) on the Universal Periodic Review concluded its fifth session. Held from 1 to 15 May, the WG reviewed the following States:

Central African Republic, Monaco, Belize, Chad, Congo, Malta, New Zealand, Afghanistan, Chile, Viet Nam, Uruguay, Yemen, Vanuatu, Macedonia, Comoros and Slovakia.
 

The fifth session ran smoothly in comparison with session 4 where problems with the list of speakers were encountered.

121 States participated making 671 statements in total. Only Viet Nam’s list of speakers exceeded the maximum sixty States that can be accommodated in the interactive dialogue and was therefore cut, preventing an additional sixteen to take the floor.

 

 A new format of the report of the Working Group was developed for reports exceeding the 9,630 word limit in order to ensure that they would be translated into the five other official languages of the United Nations. The new format only lists recommendations in section II and not in both sections I and II, as is usually done and was used for the reports of Afghanistan and Yemen but not for the Viet Nam report, despite also exceeding the word limit.

Overall, States under Review dedicated more time to respond to advance questions.


On Monday 2 June, the Human Rights Council started its 11th session. Between 9 and 12June, the adoption of UPR Working Group reports from the 4th session will take place, namely of: Germany, Djibouti, Canada, Bangladesh, Russian Federation, Azerbaijan, Cameroon, Cuba, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, China, Nigeria, Mexico, Mauritius, Jordan and Malaysia. The above mentioned States under Review (SuR) have until then to present their responses to recommendations made during the interactive dialogue. So far, no SuR has provided responses to all its recommendations and Germany, Canada, Bangladesh, Nigeria have not provided any.

To facilitate State delegations and NGO work, we have produced, for each SuR, a document containing a list of all recommendations made, including the rejected ones, and the preliminary responses given by the SuR in the Report of the Working Group (see news below).

Quote of the month

Continue to resist attempts to enforce any values or standards beyond the universally agreed ones”

Recommendation made by Egypt to Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Malta, Afghanistan, Yemen and Comoros during the session 5 of the UPR working group.

News on the UPR process

  • UPR Working Group concludes fifth session - 18 May 2009

On Friday 15th, the Working Group on the Universal Periodic Review concluded its fifth session with the adoption of the Reports on Vanuatu, Macedonia, Comoros and Slovakia. Read more here…

  • Summary of the side event on climat change in Vanuatu of May 12 - 14 May 2009

A side-event following Vanuatu’s review at the UPR on 12 May 2009 was organised by the World Council of Churches/ Commission of the Churches on International Affairs in collaboration with the German ‘Forum Human Rights’.

  •  The Report of the Working Group on Viet Nam too long to be translated - 12 May 2009

The Universal Periodic Review Working Group is undergoing financial issues and therefore cannot translate anymore documents exceeding the word limit set. The Report of the Working Group on Viet Nam belonging to this category, it will thus not be translated into the five other United Nations official languages.

  • New format of Working Group reports - Corrigendum - 12 May 2009

The discussion on the format of the Working Group reports held 11 May was in fact only concerning reports exceeding the 9,630 words limit. Next Reports below the word limit should be in the "usual" format, that is with recommendations mentioned both in section I and II of the Reports. Read more here…

  • Debate over new format of the Report of the Working Group - 11 May 2009

Due to the size of Working Group reports too often exceeding the word limit (9,630), the President of the Working Group proposed a new format by suppressing recommendations from section I of Reports and only mention them in section II, apart for recommendations that differ from one section to another. Read more here…

  • Summary of the side event on Indigenous Rights at the UPR held Friday 8 May - 11 May 2009

A side event on "The Human Rights of Indigenous Peoples in Asia-Pacific: Identifying and Implementing Indigenous Rights in States Under Review at the Universal Periodic Review" was held on Friday 8 May to raise awareness on the plight of the Khmers from Kampuchea-Krom (also known as the Khmer-Krom) in Viet Nam.
 

  • HRC members speaking time reduced to 2 minutes for Uruguay and Yemen’s reviews - 8 May 2009

Read more here…
 

  • List of speakers on Viet Nam cut off after 60 States due to time constraints - 8 May 2009
  • Side event held on a key human right issue raised at Afghanistan’s review - 8 May 2009

The Canadian organisation, Rights and Democracy, held today Friday 8 a side event on the Shia law that drew much attention during Afghanistan’s review at the UPR.

  • Reports of the Working Group on Central Africa and Monaco available - 8 May 2009  
  • HRC members speaking time reduced to 2 minutes for Chile and Viet Nam’s reviews - 7 May 2009
  • Side event on Indigenous Rights at the UPR Friday 8 May - 7 May 2009
 
  • HRC members speaking time reduced to 2 minutes for Afghanistan’s review - 6 May 2009

Read more here…

  • Belize sets shortest review record! - 5 May 2009

The review of Belize today during the 5th session was the shortest in the UPR’s history. Read more here…

News on UPR Info

  • New analysis on State participation during session 5 - 29 May 2009

We have produced a new analysis on State participation during the fifth session of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Working Group.

  • New analysis on State participation during session 4 - 29 May 2009

We have produced a new analysis on State participation during the fourth session of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Working Group.

  • List of all recommendations per SuR with their preliminary responses - Session 4 - 20 May 2009 

For each State reviewed during the fourth session of the Universal Periodic Review, we have produced a document containing a list of all recommendations made, including the rejected ones, and the preliminary responses given by the State under Review in the Report of the Working Group.

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