• [UPR Trax] No50: Beyond acceptance, beyond pledges, beyond promises

    What can the UPR do for you and what can you do in time for the next UPR? Read on to find out!

    This month, we released a new publication that illustrates the impact of the UPR on the ground, as well as the best practices for engaging with the mechanism.  We also held a seminar for diplomats to raise awareness about their role as "recommending states".  During the 20th Session of the UPR, we monitored the events and are already preparing for the 21st UPR session with the help of the pre-sessions, to be held 2-4 December 2014.
  • [UPR Trax] No49: Yes, the UPR is making a difference!

    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.
  • [UPR Trax] No47: States are doing better in mid-term reporting

    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.

  • [UPR Trax] No46: UPR second cycle at mid-term

    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.