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  • [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.

  • [UPR Trax] No30: Deadlines for stakeholders’ submission available for the entire second cycle

    From 14th to 16th March, the Human Rights Council (the Council) adopted the Working Group Reports of States reviewed during session 12, held last October. Those countries included, in order of adoption: Tajikistan, United Republic of Tanzania, Antigua and Barbuda, Swaziland, Trinidad and Tobago, Thailand, Ireland, Togo, Syrian Arab Republic, Venezuela, Iceland, Zimbabwe, Lithuania, Uganda, Timor-Leste, Republic of Moldova, and Haiti.
  • [UPR Trax] No29: UPR Info organises UPR pre-sessions between States and NGOs

    From 14th to 16th March, the Human Rights Council (the Council) will adopt the Working Group Reports of States reviewed during session 12, held last October. Those countries include, in order of adoption: Tajikistan, United Republic of Tanzania, Antigua and Barbuda, Swaziland, Trinidad and Tobago, Thailand, Ireland, Togo, Syrian Arab Republic, Venezuela, Iceland, Zimbabwe, Lithuania, Uganda, Timor-Leste, Republic of Moldova, and Haiti. In addition to those seventeen countries, the Council still has to adopt Libya’s report. Initially scheduled for March 2011 and postponed for September 2011 due to the troubling country situation, the adoption will take place during the session.

  • [UPR Trax] :No28: Information on session 14 to be submitted in March

    The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights published the deadlines for the submission of information by States under Review and other stakeholders for the 14th session of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR). The deadlines for the submission of information by civil society organisations and national institutions are 19 March 2012 for Czech Republic, Argentina, Gabon, Ghana, Peru, Guatemala and Benin and 26 March 2012 for the Republic of Korea, Switzerland, Pakistan, Zambia, Japan, Ukraine and Sri Lanka.
  • [UPR Trax] :No27: The HRC completes the review of all UN member States

    On 13 October, the Human Rights Council’s Working Group on the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) completed the historic review of the human rights situation of the 192 United Nations member States. During this first cycle which took place from 2008 to 2011, a total of 20’000 recommendations were made by more than 160 countries. The average number of recommendations received by a State under Review went from about twenty five during the first session to a hundred and forty during the last session.

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