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.
- 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.
- 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.
- From September 21st to 23rd, the Human Rights Council (HRC) adopted the Working Group Reports of States reviewed last May at the eleventh UPR session: Belgium, Denmark, Palau, Somalia, Seychelles, Solomon Islands, Latvia, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Suriname, Greece, Samoa, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sudan, Hungary and Papua New Guinea. The adoptions of the Reports of Samoa and Papua New Guinea took place without the delegations. Both failed to come to Geneva but sent to the HRC written responses to the pending recommendations.
From 21st to 23rd September, the Human Rights Council will adopt the Reports of the Working Group of States reviewed during session 11 held last May. Those countries include, in order of adoption: Belgium, Denmark, Palau, Somalia, Seychelles, Solomon Islands, Latvia, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Suriname, Greece, Samoa, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sudan, Hungary and Papua New Guinea. So far only three States (Greece, Palau and Singapore) have presented an addendum containing their responses to recommendations. As South Sudan has become an independent State since the review of Sudan last May, it remains unclear what will become of the recommendations made by Norway, France and Italy on the issues of democracy, civil protection, child soldiers and death penalty addressed specifically to South Sudan.