[UPR Trax] No49: Yes, the UPR is making a difference!

September began with the 27th Session of the Human Rights Council, during which several UPR reports were adopted, a side event on follow-up and mid-term reporting was held, and important statements were made during the general debate. October also promises to be eventful with the Pre-sessions taking place from 6-9 October, the Follow-up programme launching a publication on the mid-term implementation of UPR recommendations at the end of the month, and the 20th UPR session scheduled for 27 October – 7 November 2014.
 
27th Session of the Human Rights Council
At the 27th session of the Human Rights Council (HRC), the UPR outcomes were adopted for Albania, Bhutan, Brunei Darussalam, Costa Rica, Cote d'Ivoire, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Dominica, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Nicaragua, Norway, Portugal, and Qatar.
 
Macedonia made a statement on behalf of 39 countries during the general debate at the Human Rights Council. The country called upon the Council to react to the non-implementation of UPR recommendations. Read more.
 
Upcoming publication: Yes, the UPR is making a difference!
UPR Info also made a statement during the general debate to announce that according to our data, almost 48 percent of recommendations trigger action by mid-term. The Follow-up programme team is currently working on a publication detailing the outcomes and conclusions from four years worth of information on the mid-term implementation of UPR recommendations. The publication will include statistics on 11,500 recommendations that were fully, partially or not implemented by the mid-term for 165 States. In addition, the publication will detail the actions that States took to implement recommendations. Finally, the lessons learned by all stakeholders (States under Review, Recommending States, Civil Society Organisations, National Human Rights Institutions, and UN agencies) will also be included. The publication will be launched at a side event during the 20th Session of the UPR.
 
Side event on follow-up and mid-term reporting
The Governments of the Kingdom of Morocco and the United Kingdom hosted a side event on 18 September 2014. UPR Info - along with the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), the Universal Rights Group, and the Permanent Missions of Mexico, Finland, Mauritius, and Thailand – participated in the event.  The participants indicated that consultation with civil society actors were helpful in the implementation phase, as well as tools such as national plans and databases. State participants emphasised the difficulty of implementing general recommendations and encouraged their peers to issue specific recommendations.  Finally, the participants discussed the importance of Mid-term reports to evaluate and learn from the work undertaken.
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UPR Info Advisory Board welcomes new members
Two new members were appointed to the UPR Info Advisory Board.  Rita Izsák, the Special Rapporteur on minority issues, and Phil Lynch, Director of the International Service for Human Rights. The Advisory Board also includes Marc Limon, Director of the Universal Rights Group; Professor Edward R. McMahon of the University of Vermont; and Razvan Rotundu, minister counsellor of the Permanent Mission of Romania.
 
UPR Info Pre-session 20 around the corner
Our Pre-session on States coming up for review at the 20th UPR Working Group session (27 October – 7 November 2014) will be held from the 6th to the 9th of October 2014 at the Centre International de Conférence de Genève, 17 rue de Varembé.  The Pre-session, a unique platform for dialogue, will bring together Permanent Missions, National Human Rights Institutions, and more than 60 Civil Society Organisations to discuss the status of implementation of UPR recommendations in the following States under Review: Angola, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Egypt, El Salvador, Fiji, Gambia, Iran , Iraq, Italy, Kazakhstan, and Madagascar,.
Given the growing interest in the pre-sessions, UPR Info would like to give the opportunity to all civil society organisations that were not selected to take the floor, to come and attend the meetings. Pre-sessions are a unique opportunity to meet other civil society representatives and diplomats, even for those who will not take the floor. The timetable for the meetings is available here.

UPR Info Pre-session 21 coming up in December
UPR Info is now planning the next round of pre-sessions between civil society organisations and permanent missions to discuss the human rights situation of States to be reviewed at the 21th UPR Working Group session (January – February 2015): Armenia ,Grenada ,Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Kenya , Kiribati, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lao People's Democratic Republic, Lesotho, Spain , Sweden  and Turkey.
 The pre-session will take place from 1 to 4 December 2014, at the Centre International de Conférences Genève.  A detailed programme will be circulated at a later stage.

UPR Info is currently responding to all applications received by several national and international NGOs. In this regard, we encourage civil society organisations interested in participating on Lao People’s Democratic Republic and Lesotho to contact us.

More information can be found on the Pre-sessions page

QUOTE OF THE MONTH

The Universal Periodic Review has been admirably universal, impartial and non-selective, and has had remarkable success in encouraging States to recognize and resolve gaps in human rights protection, with new emphasis on dialogue with civil society.

Navi Pillay, June 2014

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