[UPR Trax] :No4: HRC adopts the reports of the 4th session

Earlier this month, between 9 - 12 June, the Human Rights Council (HRC) adopted the 16 Reports of the States reviewed at the fourth session of the UPR Working Group, comprising of: Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Canada, Cameroon, China, Cuba, Djibouti, Germany, Jordan, Malaysia, Mauritius, Mexico, Nigeria, the Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia and Senegal.


The adoption was marked by several events.


Firstly, the long queues for the list of speakers resumed. A number of State delegates had queued up early in the morning to register on the list, some from as early as 4 o’clock. The same enthusiasm was witnessed for the NGO list with the additional problem that some NGOs had managed, on one morning, to enter the building before the time that NGOs are permitted to do so.

This issue was raised by Germany in a point of order, criticizing how the registration was handled and the fact that the list of speakers for States and NGOs could be manipulated.


Secondly, a number of NGOs were not given the floor on two occasions during adoptions due to time constraints. The HRC was so much behind schedule that NGOs started their statements at 6 pm when the meeting normally should be coming to a close.  As a result, the President had to deprive 3 NGOs of taking the floor.


Thirdly, Switzerland took the floor just before the adoption of the report on Djibouti to ask the delegation to provide clear responses, either accepting or noting, to the eight pending recommendations from the report of the working group.


A general debate took place on Friday 12 June to close item 6. The vast majority of States raised the issue of the translation of RWG in all United Nations official languages. 13 out of 16 of the reports of session 4 exceed the 9,630 word limit and therefore had not been translated into the 6 languages. Another area of concern for the majority of States was the inscription on the list of speakers, both for the review and for the adoption of a RWG. Many States complained about the long queues and the impossibility to inscribe. Other issues mentioned comprised of recommendations, the list of speakers for civil society, the cut off of civil society speaking time due to time constraints and the update on the follow-up by Bahrain, the United Kingdom, Switzerland, the United Arab Emirates and Colombia.


Finally, the HRC adopted by consensus a resolution calling for the translation of the thirteen Reports of the fourth session of the UPR Working Group that exceeded the 9.630 word limit before the 12th session of the HRC.

 

On UPR-info.org, we have now created a section on the follow-up. It contains a summary on information provided by States under item 6 at the 11thHRC session, as well as, the first report by Colombia on the implementation of recommendations and voluntary pledges.


We have also uploaded a database containing all the human rights issues raised during session 5 of the UPR Working Group. The database uses a filter mechanism, which enables on to search per State under Review, per State raising the issue, per regional groups of these two categories and per issues.

Quote of the month

" It is really insulting to see the behaviour of some trans-national NGOs who work within the Geneva orbit. They use their local knowledge, their relations and contacts and the power and the influence from the magnets that finance and support them to shamefully using subterfuge to get themselves a place on the speaking list."

 
Mr. Resfel Pino Álvarez, Permanent Mission of the Republic of Cuba, on the registration on the NGO list of speakers, 12 June 2009.
 

News on the UPR process

 
  • Human Rights Council adopts resolution on the issue of translation of UPR Working Group reports - 23 June 2009

On 18 June 2009, the Human Rights Council (HRC) adopted by consensus a resolution on the issuance of the thirteen Reports of the fourth session of the UPR Working Group that exceeded the 9.630 word limit. Read more here…
 
  • States present follow-up on recommendations to the Council - 18 June 2009

During the general debate held on item 6 (item dedicated to the UPR) at the 11th session of the Human Rights Council (HRC), several States reviewed last year presented information about the implementation on recommendations. Read more here...
 
  • Human Rights Council concludes UPR item with general debate - 18 June 2009

After adopting the sixteen Reports of the Working Group (RWG) of States reviewed last February during the fourth session, the Human Rights Council (HRC) held Friday 12 June a two-hour general debate on the UPR at its 11th session. Read more here…
 
  • NGOs not given the floor during adoptions due to time constraints - 17 June 2009

Some of civil society organisations were not able to speak on two adoptions of Working Group reports due to time constraints. Read more here…

 
  • Germany raises a point of order about the list of speakers - 10 June 2009

At the beginning of the Human Rights Council (HRC) session this morning, Germany raised a point of order concerning the enrolment on the list of speakers for both States and NGOs. Read more here...
 
  • Adoption of Nigeria’s report postponed to Thursday 2 pm - 10 June 2009
 
  • Eight more States submit addendum containing responses to recommendations - 10 June 2009
 
  • Long queues for the list of speakers resume - 10 June 2009

In continuity with UPR fourth session of last February, numerous State delegates queued yesterday and this morning in order to register on the list of speakers for the adoption of UPR Working Group reports.  Read more here…

 
  • Switzerland raises a point of clarificatoion to ask position on recommendations - 10 June 2009

Switzerland raised yesterday a point of clarification during the adoption of the Report of the Working Group on Djibouti to ask the delegation to provide responses to pending recommendations. Read more here…
 
  • Cuba and Malaysia provide an addendum to their Report of the Working Group -  8 June 2009
 
  • Germany, first State at session 4 to provide an addendum containing responses to recommendations - 5 June 2009
 
  • Timetable for the inscription on the list of speakers at the 11th HRC plenary - 2 June 2009
 
 

News on UPR-info.org

  • The Colombian Government diffuses first follow-up report on UPR-info.org - 23 June 2009

The Government of Colombia made their initial report on the implementation of UPR recommendations and voluntary pledges available to UPR Info to display on the website.
 
  • UPR-info.org provides now information on the follow-up - 23 June 2009

We will provide information on the implementation of recommendations and voluntary pledges in between two reviews.
 
  • UPR Info launches Database on human rights issues raised during session 5 - 22 June 2009

UPR Info has produced a database containing all the human rights issues that were raised during session 5 and sorted by States under Review and States raising them.
 
  • Update on responses to recommendations by States reviewed during session 4 - 8 June 2009

We have prepared a table containing information on the responses provided so far by the 16 States under Review (SuR) to recommendations received during the interactive dialogue.
 
  • Responses by Guatemala to recommendations – Corrigendum - 4 June 2009

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