[UPR Trax] :No6: UPR-info.org in Spanish!

From September 23 to 25, the Human Rights Council (HRC) held its item 6 on the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) during its 12th session. During three days, it adopted the Working Group (WG) Reports of States reviewed during the 5th UPR session (4 to 15 May 2009): Central African Republic, Monaco, Belize, Chad, Congo, Malta, New Zealand, Afghanistan, Chile, Viet Nam, Uruguay, Yemen, Vanuatu, Macedonia, Comoros and Slovakia.

Out of those 16 States, 10 only submitted an addendum containing their written responses to recommendations. Overall, States under Review provided responses to most of the recommendations but for several, the responses were not clear enough to determine whether the recommendations were accepted or rejected.

The HRC concluded item 6 with a general debate. Numerous States raised again, as they did during the previous general debate in June, the issue of the translation of WG Reports as there was still some Reports that had not been translated. Another hot topic were recommendations. Some speakers were concerned about the lack of written and timed responses to them and others about the content of the recommendations, whether too critical, not enough or undermining human rights. The list of speakers was also discussed but only few statements mentioned the non-paper by the Secretariat. Most States wanted to see the 120 minutes available divided by the total number of States willing to speak. Following Egypt’s point of order during the adoption of Yemen’s report, some speakers also reiterated their support to the role of the civil society in the process and the importance to let them speak freely without any restriction.

During this 12th session, the HRC also held a panel on the integration of gender perspective in the Council’s work, with a specific focus on the UPR. It was said that the UPR has great potential and women’s organisation should be more involved in the National consultation before the review and in the follow-up of recommendations.

Finally, the HRC selected the troika for session 6, 7 and 8 of the UPR WG and chose the order of review for session 7, 8 and 9.

 

On UPR-info.org, there is now a Spanish version of the website ! We are very happy to add a third language to our website and thus enable Spanish speaking actors to use our website and strengthen their participation at the UPR.

News on the UPR process

  • Human Rights Council discusses integration of gender perspective, with focus on the UPR - 28 September 2009

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  • HRC holds general debate on UPR - 28 September 2009

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  • Egypt raises (again) a point of order against NGO statements - 24 September 2009

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  • Side event on the UPR tomorrow Tuesday 22 September - 21 September 2009

 

  • The Role of Parliaments at the UPR: a side event - 21 September 2009

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  • Selection of Troika members for session 6, 7 and 8 - 15 September 2009
  • Order of review for the 7th, 8th, and 9th session - 14 September 2009

 

News on UPR-info.org

  • UPR-info.org now available in Spanish - 7 October 2009

 

  • Update on responses to recommendations by States reviewed during session 5 - 30 September 2009

 

  • Additional addendums to Working Group reports to be adopted this week - 23 September 2009