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  • [UPR Trax] No35: The UPR has emerged from its chrysalis

    The Universal Periodic Review Working Group held its 14th session from 22 October to 5 November at the Palais des Nations, Geneva. The following 14 States were reviewed: Argentina, Benin, Czech Republic, Gabon, Ghana, Guatemala, Japan, Pakistan, Peru, the Republic of Korea, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Ukraine and Zambia. The peak of participation from recommending States was reached on Sri Lanka with 98 speakers and 1 minute and 12 seconds for each. Overall, the President of the Human Rights Council (HRC) handled once again the list of speakers with command and not too many statements were cut. However, time management proved to be challenging for some States under Review. Argentina had used 1h03 minutes after only half of the speakers had spoken, and was therefore left with only 7 minutes to respond to comments from over 30 delegations. Guatemala used 55 minutes for its introduction, did not intervene during the interactive dialogue and concluded in 5 minutes, thus leaving out 10 minutes unused.

     

  • [UPR Trax] No34: On the road to implementation

    From 19th to 21st September, the Human Rights Council (the Council) adopted the Working Group Reports of States reviewed during the 13th UPR session held last May. Those countries included Algeria, Bahrain, Brazil, Ecuador, Finland, India, Indonesia, Morocco, the Netherlands, the Philippines, Poland, South Africa, Tunisia and the United Kingdom. Morocco and Ecuador had provided their responses to all recommendations at the Working Group stage.
  • [UPR Trax] No33: UPR Info is now in Special Consultative status with ECOSOC

    From 19th to 21st September, the Human Rights Council (the Council) will adopt the Working Group Reports of States reviewed during UPR session 13, held last May. Those countries include Algeria, Bahrain, Brazil, Ecuador, Finland, India, Indonesia, Morocco, the Netherlands, the Philippines, Poland, South Africa, Tunisia and the United Kingdom. A two-hour General debate will follow.
     

  • [UPR Trax] No32: Recommending States need to follow up more closely with the recommendations they made at the 1st cycle

    On 29th June 2012, the Human Rights Council (HRC) held, during its 20th Session, a general debate on the UPR. During this debate over twenty States and five Non-governmental Organizations (NGOs) took the floor to present brief assessments of the UPR mechanism and process to date, namely: modalities of the process, implementation of first cycle recommendations, reprisals against those who participate in the UPR, media highlights and follow-up.
  • [UPR Trax] No31: UPR second cycle starts with vigor

    The second cycle of the UPR kicked off with the 13th session of the UPR Working Group at the Palais des Nations in Geneva from 21 May 2012 – 4 June 2012. The human rights records of the following 14 States were reviewed: Algeria, Bahrain, Brazil, Ecuador, Finland, India, Indonesia, Morocco, the Netherlands, the Philippines, Poland, South Africa, Tunisia and the United Kingdom. It was a promising 13th session with the participation of high level delegations headed notably by one Vice-President and ten Ministers. Three key elements were at stake at this session in the perspective of the second cycle: the list of speakers, the number of recommendations made and the assessment of the implementation of first cycle recommendations.

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