• [UPR Trax] No 63: Human Rights Council turns 10

    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.

  • [UPR Trax] No 62: Launch of UPR Info Africa offers multi-stakeholder regional support for the UPR

    UPR Info’s new Africa Regional Office was formally launched in Nairobi, Kenya, last month. The Africa Office has been working since June 2015, organising several workshops with civil society organisations (CSOs), dialogue-days between CSOs and governments as well as multi-stakeholder training sessions. The Office will play an important role in raising awareness and providing capacity-building tools to the stakeholders involved in the Universal Periodic Review (UPR). The focus of many of the Office’s activities will be the implementation of UPR recommendations, which is vital in order to realise the ultimate goal of this mechanism: “the improvement of the human rights situation on the ground”.
  • [UPR Trax] No 61: Restriction of civil society must not go unchecked

    The arrival of spring saw UPR Info Pre-Sessions at the top of agenda. 11 States were discussed over three days, where we had the highest rate of participation by national NGOs to date. While the Pre-sessions successfully served as a key human rights advocacy platform for civil society, we unfortunately also experienced an unprecedented situation on the restriction of participants. A few days before the Pre-session of Sudan, the Sudanese authorities prevented four of the country's prominent human rights defenders from travelling to Geneva to participate. UPR Info is deeply concerned by this flagrant restriction on civil society participation, and calls on Sudan to remove the travel bans and to ensure that NGOs can freely participate in the UPR process.
  • [UPR Trax] No 60: 2016: The evolving landscape of human rights

    2016 will be an important year for international human rights. At the United Nations Office in Geneva (UNOG), this year marks both the 10-year anniversary of the Human Rights Council (HRC), as well as the end of the second cyle of the UPR (2012-2016). Both occasions provide timely opportunities to reflect upon the challenges faced, and achievements made in the advancemnet of human rights over the last decade. The New Year commenced with the 24th Session of the UPR Working Group, presided over by H.E. Choi Kyong-lim, the new President of the HRC. Session 25 (May 2016) and Session 26 (November 2016) will bring the Second Cycle of the UPR to an close.
  • [UPR Trax] No 59: 2015 in Review: A lot done, more to do

    2015 has been an exciting and busy year for UPR Info, both at home and abroad. Two new regional offices were established in Thailand and Kenya, providing UPR support for the Asia and Africa regions. Meanwhile, UPR Info’s Geneva offices hosted three rounds of Pre-sessions and monitored three UPR Working Group sessions throughout 2015. Within the last month alone, the three offices provided several capacity building and training workshops, for civil society organisations (CSOs) and government officials alike, in Armenia, Malawi, Moldova, Morocco, Nepal, and Rwanda.