[UPR Trax] :No8: UPR Info in Russian!

On Friday 11 December, the Working Group on the Universal Periodic Review concluded its sixth session. This marked the end of the first half of the first cycle. After less than two years of work, the UPR has already reviewed 98 UN member States.

Held from 30 November to 11 December, the sixth session reviewed the following States: Albania, Bhutan, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Costa Rica, Côte d’Ivoire, Cyprus, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Democratic Republic of Congo, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, EthiopiaNorway and Portugal.

The session was marked by the absence of Cyprus from the adoption of its own report. Its review had witnessed strong discussions between the delegation, Turkey and Pakistan over the words used to denominated the island. Cyprus refused to endorsed the Report of the Working Group because of the inclusion of the summary of Turkey’s statement containing “non-UN terminology” and therefore was not present during the adoption.

The session was also the occasion for UPR Info to hold a side event on UPR recommendations. It was a great success with 50 attendees from delegations, NGOs and the OHCHR. Professor McMahon from the University of Vermont presented his analysis on the 6,000 UPR recommendations. He introduced the different categories of actions contained in the recommendations and their different use among regional groups.

On UPR-info.org, we are continuing our efforts to reach out civil societies. To this end, after translating the whole website into Spanish, we now have a basic version in Russian. This version contains only explanations of the process and the role of States and civil societies but will allow Russian-speaking UPR actors to access information on the UPR.

On the same line, as announced in the previous newsletter, we have now our documents “Responses to recommendations” in French for French-speaking countries: Algeria, Benin, Burundi, Cameroon, Canada, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Djibouti, France, Gabon, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Monaco, Morocco, Switzerland, Tonga, Tunisia and Vanuatu. This will also enable the civil society in those countries to fully engage in the follow-up.

Quote of the month

« We don’t have major human rights problems so we are very open to having the international community coming”

H.E. Mr. Crispin Gregoire, Permanent Representative of Dominica to the United Nations, Review of Dominica, Closing remarks, 7 December 2009, Palais des Nations.

News on the UPR process

  • Colombia presents a report one year after its review - 17 December 2009

The Mission of Colombia presented on Tuesday 15 December a report called "Experience, Advances and Challenges" on their UPR and the actual human rights situation in the country one year after their review on 10 December 2008.

  • Cyprus absent during its own report’s adoption! - 4 December 2009

For the very first time in the (brief) history of the UPR, the State under Review was not present in the room during the adoption "ad referendum" of the report of its own review. Read more here...

  • Cyprus’ Report adoption postponed to tomorrow - 2 December 2009

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  • List of speakers on Cambodia cut due to time constraints - 1 December 2009

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News on UPR-info.org

  • UPR Info in Russian - 4 January 2010

A basic version of UPR Info is now available in Russian.

  • Responses to UPR recommendations now in French - 4 January 2010

We have now translated Responses to UPR recommendations in French for French-speaking countries.

  • Summary of UPR Info side event held on 3 December 2009 - 7 December 2009

On Thursday 3 December UPR Info held its first site event, entitled “Analysis of UPR Recommendations: Informing the 2011 HRC Review” which was attended by over 50 Government officials, NGO delegates and individuals. Read more here...