[UPR Trax] No51: New projects for a happy new year!

Over the past month, UPR Info has undertaken many exciting and forward-looking activities. Firstly, we held pre-sessions in preparation for the January UPR session.  We also updated the database with Session 19 recommendations that stakeholders can use to begin their work on the implementation phase. In Armenia, we conducted a training seminar and will continue to engage with Armenian UPR participants as part of a new project. Also, as part of this new project, two UPR Info offices will be opening in 2015. Thank you to all of our readers and partners for the wonderful support and collaboration! We look forward to working with you in the new year! Happy holidays!

Another pre-session before the Jan-session

From 2-4 December, UPR Info held another round of successful pre-session meetings. More than 50 civil society organisations presented information on the human rights situations in their countries and on the implementation of previous UPR recommendations. Read more.

The pre-sessions are a way for diplomats to gather information in order to prepare their questions and recommendations to the states to be reviewed at the next UPR session.  The 21st UPR session will be held in Geneva from 19-30 January 2015.  The timetable for UPR Session 21 is now available online. Tentative timetables for Session 22 and Session 23 are also available.

The more, the merrier: database updated with Session 19 recommendations

As a holiday gift to all of our database-users, UPR Info has added recommendations from Session 19 to the database. This update includes recommendations from the reviews of Albania, Bhutan, Brunei Darussalam, Costa Rica, Cote d’Ivoire, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Dominica, Ethiopia, Equatorial Guinea, Nicaragua, Norway, Portugal, and Qatar which were held in May 2014 and the outcome reports were adopted during the Human Rights Council session in September 2014. In total, there were 2,829 recommendations made during the 19th session, an average of 202 per each reviewed state. The statistics section of the database - which includes global statistics, statistics on recommending states, states under review, issues, and action categories for the 1st and 2nd cycle – is now also updated to take into account the Session 19 recommendations. The database, along with the many documents available on our website, helps stakeholders to prepare their strategies for the follow-up phase.

“Beyond promises” downloaded beyond expectations

In the month following the release of “Beyond promises”, the new publication was downloaded 4,600 times! The study discusses findings from the information collected through our Follow-up programme and includes statistics on implementation of UPR recommendations, concrete examples of implementation, and good practices for engaging with the UPR. If you have not read “Beyond promises” yet, you can download an electronic copy from our website.

Armenia: the beginning of a long partnership

In November, UPR Info travelled to Armenia upon the invitation of Open Society Foundations-Armenia to provide two training seminars. The two days of seminars were attended by approximately 30 civil society members. The group attending Day 2 of the seminar travelled to Geneva the following week for the pre-session on Armenia. Read more about the seminar in Armenia.

The activities in Armenia are the starting point of a long-term collaboration between Armenian stakeholders and UPR Info which is part of UPR Info’s new project, described below.

A new project for a more effective engagement with the UPR

Starting in 2015, UPR Info will undertake follow-up activities in various countries to support the UPR engagement of governments, civil society, the national human rights institutions, and other stakeholders. As part of the expansion of its activities, UPR Info will open two new offices, in Nairobi and Bangkok. We are currently seeking two regional coordinators to head the Asia and Africa offices.

Looking ahead to the 3rd UPR cycle

UPR Info’s Executive Director recently participated in a workshop, organised by the Francophonie, on the potential developments for the 3rd UPR cycle. The 3rd cycle will begin in 2017, but UPR stakeholders are already reflecting and discussing how to ensure that the Universal Periodic Review continues to be a useful and efficient mechanism for the protection of human rights. Stay tuned for more UPR discussions in 2015!
Happy Holidays!


Looking beyond Geneva, we cannot forget for one moment that our work is important to so many people.

President-elect of the Human Rights Council, Joachim Rücker, December 2014


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  • 5 January 2015: Deadline to book room for side event during UPR Session 21
  • 13 January 2015: Troika selection for sessions 21, 22 and 23
  • 19-30 January 2015: UPR Session 21
  • 23 March 2015: Stakeholder submissions to the UPR for Session 23

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