• [UPR Trax] No 76: Supporting in-country activities and welcoming the new Executive Director

    Mona M'Bikay appointed new Executive Director of UPR Info

    UPR Info is very pleased and excited to announce the appointment of Mona M'Bikay as its new Executive Director. Starting on September 1st Mona M'Bikay will work closely with the outgoing Executive Director, Roland Chauville, for a two-month transition period. Mona M’Bikay is a human rights lawyer with 20 years work experience. The whole staff and the Executive Board very much look forward to working with Mona.
    To know more about Mona M’Bikay, click here.

  • [UPR Trax] No 75: UPR Pre-sessions and implementation

    UPR Info announces the next Pre-sessions whilst working on in-country implementation

    UPR Info is pleased to invite you to the next round of Pre-sessions on States to be reviewed at the 28th Session of the UPR Working Group (6-17 of November 2017): Argentina; Benin; Czechia; Gabon; Ghana; Guatemala; Japan; Pakistan; Peru; Republic of Korea; Sri Lanka; Switzerland; Ukraine; and Zambia.
    This round of Pre-Sessions will be held on 10-13 October 2017, in Room XXV of Palais des Nations, Geneva.
    If you wish to speak on any of the counties to be reviewed you can now apply for a speaking slot. For more information, please consult our website or email
    We have extended the deadline for applications to the 13th of August 2017.

  • [UPR Trax] No 74: UPR discussed at HRC 35

    Discussions at the 35th Session of the Human Rights Council focus on UPR implementation
    June saw the 35th meeting of the Human Rights Council (HRC) take place in Geneva, throughout which the UPR was discussed. Usually the UPR is only discussed during Item 6 of the HRC, however this time the role of the UPR  in the protection and promotion of human rights was also highlighted under Item 2 and Item 5.
    A new resolution on the role of parliaments on the implementation of UPR recommendations was adopted by consensus on June 23, and attention was given to the activities generated and supported by the voluntary trust fund for implementation.
  • [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.