- The summer season is usually less busy, but here at UPR Info we want to make sure that we provide you with all necessary tools before the busier month of September. Here is a summary of our summer activities at UPR Info and events in the UPR world.
Two years after having started the second UPR cycle, implementation of recommendations is benefitting from a great deal of attention from all the different actors engaged. Mid-term reporting is becoming a major step in the UPR mechanism, providing further accountability. UPR Info welcomes this good practice and encourages both States and NGOs to keep pursuing this path. On the same note three NGOs and three States have submitted a mid-term report for the second cycle of the UPR, the very first of their kind. Denmark has also published a mid-term report commenting on implementation of first cycle recommendations, but in addition it accepted 20 new recommendations that were rejected during their review at the first cycle. Finally, reports for the 18th UPR session have been adopted. At mid-term of the second UPR cycle, one could diagnose the UPR mechanism as healthy.
- The UPR Working Group completed its 19th session on 9 May after having reviewed 14 countries: Albania, Bhutan, Brunei Darussalam, Côte d’Ivoire, Costa Rica, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the Democratic Peoples’ Republic of Korea, Dominica, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Nicaragua, Norway, Portugal, and Qatar. A total of 2,814 recommendations were made. This 19th session marked the mid-term of the second cycle: 98 States have now been reviewed, and 95 remain to go.
- The UPR benefited from unprecedented attention at the Human Rights Council (the Council) during its 25th session. Many issues of contention were discussed, both during the adoption of UPR reports and during the general debate that followed, such as the role of civil society at the UPR, the specificity of recommendations, and the possibility to make a moment of silence during a statement. At UPR Info, we held our General Assembly and Executive Board meeting on 13 March during which we adopted our 2013 Annual and Financial reports and elected Ms. Kamelia Kemileva as board member.
The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Working Group (WG) held its 18th session from the 27th ofJanuary to the 7th February 2014 at the Palais des Nations, Geneva. Afghanistan, Cambodia, Chile, Comoros, Cyprus, Dominican Republic, Eritrea, New Zealand, Slovakia, The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYR Macedonia), Uruguay, Vanuatu, Viet Nam, and Yemen were examined. The peak of participation from recommending States was reached during the review of Viet Nam when 106 States took the floor to make recommendations, leaving 1 minute and 5 seconds for each statement. Several points of order were made during the review of Cyprus on territorial issues. Fortunately, this did not hamper the adoption of its report by the WG. The 14 UPR reports for this 18th session will be adopted during the 26th Human Rights Council (HRC) Session in June 2014.