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.