- September began with the 27th Session of the Human Rights Council, during which several UPR reports were adopted, a side event on follow-up and mid-term reporting was held, and important statements were made during the general debate. October also promises to be eventful with the Pre-sessions taking place from 6-9 October, the Follow-up programme launching a publication on the mid-term implementation of UPR recommendations at the end of the month, and the 20th UPR session scheduled for 27 October – 7 November 2014.
- 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.