• [UPR Trax] No 73: Outcomes of UPR 27

    First round of the UPR third cycle reviews concludes in Geneva
    May saw the 27th session of the Universal Periodic Review Working Group take place in Geneva, which was the first round of reviews of the third cycle. UPR Info extensively monitored the UPR Session 27. A broad variety of issues were raised by all Recommending States (RS). The 14 States under Review (SuR) have until September to decide their final position on recommendations, before they are adopted at the Human Rights Council. During this new cycle, we have observed a new trend of SuRs leaving many recommendations pending. We also witnessed an unprecedented withdrawal of a recommendation made by a RS.

  • [UPR Trax] No 72: Session 27 around the corner

    Civil Society and Permanent Missions working together towards UPR27  
    April saw UPR Info host the Pre-sessions ahead of the 27th Working Group of the UPR. It was the first time that the Pre-sessions were held inside the Palais des Nations and the event brought together over 70 human rights defenders, from the 14 countries to be reviewed at the 27th UPR session, with diplomats and Permanent Mission staff from the international community in Geneva. 93% of States attended their own Pre-session and a record breaking 51 Permanent Missions attended the Pre-session on India. The move proved the institutionalisation of civil society in the primarily State-led UPR process, as well as broader support for human rights advocacy across the United Nations as a whole, where we had more than 70 speakers from the 14 countries due.

  • [UPR Trax] No 71: UPR Adoptions and Pre-sessions

    UPR Info and the international community welcome the UPR third cycle

    March saw the 34th meeting of the Human Rights Council take place, in Geneva, during which the second cycle of the UPR formally concluded. UPR Info monitored extensively the UPR Session 26 adoptions which took place, on March 16 and 17, during this session of the HRC. During the General Debate that followed UPR Info took the floor  to make an intervention. We encouraged States to follow the trend, from the first cycle, to submit mid-term reports. Moreover, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, on behalf of Brazil, Morocco, Paraguay, and another 60 States committed to this principle and four others through a joint statement delivered during the debate. UPR Info welcomes these pledges made by States and encourages cooperation between all Stakeholders for the third cycle.

  • [UPR Trax] No 70: UPR Third Cycle to Start

    2017 off to a hopeful start  

    The last UPR Review of 2016 year continued the legacy of numerous, high quality recommendations, a trend we hope to see as the Third cycle of the UPR begins in May.

    In preparation for Session 27 of the UPR, CSOs have submitted their applications to participate on our Pre-Sessions Programme, to take place in April. The high amount of applications indicates it will be yet another promising advocacy week for both CSO and Government engagement. The adoption reports of UPR Session 26 will  take place, on March 16th and 17th, during the Human Rights Council 34th Session, due to start next week.

  • [UPR Trax] No 69: 2016 The year at a glance

    Hope springs eternal 

    2016, for many, has been a difficult year. Taking nothing away from this, UPR Info believes that this year has offered many moments for celebration and hope.

    This year marked the 10th anniversary of the Human Rights Council (HRC) and concluded the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) second cycle. From the High Commissioner for Human Rights, his Office, the HRC President, and many more that make up the Geneva-based human rights community strong messages were sent out around the world. Reprisals, threats, and violence against Human Rights Defenders (HRDs) will not be tolerated. The UPR will only make positive change if stakeholders focus on both implementation of recommendations and effective reporting. Civil society, civil society organisations (CSOs), and National Human Rights Institutes (NHRIs) have a key role to play in supporting and critiquing Government action for human rights progress.