Summer updates 2016
Since the 32nd Session of the Human Rights Council (HRC) in June, UPR Info has been working to ensure the website, database, statistics, regional offices, and programmes continue to support all stakeholders of the UPR. In recent months, both of the UPR Info regional offices have expanded their projects on the ground, supported by an increase in staff number. The UPR Info website is now accessible in Arabic, adding to our previous languages of English, French and Spanish. In addition, the statistics feature has been updated so it is compatible with smart phones.
In the coming weeks we will have the adoptions of the UPR Reports for the 25th Working Group session during the 33rd HRC (21-23 September), and the next round of Pre-sessions (5-7 October). We are also working towards the 26th Session of the UPR Working Group in November, which will mark the final session of the second cycle. This has driven much activity of late as all UPR stakeholders discuss and plan how to make the third UPR cycle successful, with particular focus on sustainable implementation of recommendations. UPR Info has been advocating for 14 points geared towards enhancing the third cycle, which are available below.
We look forward to supporting all stakeholders in the third UPR cycle in an even more meaningful way. We are starting to discover the potential of the UPR for advancing human rights.
10th anniversary of the Human Rights Council triggers important discussions on how to improve its efficiency
June marks the 32nd Session of the Human Rights Council, and ten year anniversary since its inaugural first session in June 2006. The momentous occasion has sparked reflection and discussion amongst its stakeholders, in particular on how to improve the body’s technical efficiency going forward. UPR Info utilised the 32 nd Session to make suggestions on improving the technical aspects of the UPR in particular, building on broader consultations it had participate in recent months.