[UPR Trax] No30: Deadlines for stakeholders’ submission available for the entire second cycle
NEWSLETTER 30 – March-April 2012
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. All countries, except Zimbabwe, had submitted an addendum containing their responses to recommendations. These adoptions marked the end of the first cycle of the UPR.
On 16th March 2012, following these adoptions, the Council held a general debate which allowed both States and NGOs to discuss the outcomes of the 1st cycle as well as the upcoming 2nd reviews. The vast majority of States affirmed the success of the 1st cycle of the UPR, drawing particular attention to the 100% participation rate of all member States. Several States addressed the potential of the UPR mechanism to foster depoliticised and constructive dialogue. With a view towards increasing the effectiveness of the second cycle, 39 States committed to limit themselves to making a maximum of two recommendations to each States under review during the second cycle.
On 21st March 2012, the Council held its first annual discussion on technical cooperation, and the first theme selected was the UPR. Much of the discussion focused upon the importance for the UPR to be seen as a process rather than an event, and highlighted the necessity of mutual reinforcement of human rights and development strategies. Several States expressed the need for developing countries to receive technical and financial assistance in order to achieve success in the implementation of recommendations. Additionally, it was suggested that stakeholders continue to raise awareness about the UPR mechanism, and for States to devise implementation strategies while making the process as inclusive and accessible as possible to the relevant civil society actors fundamental to implementation efforts.
Implementation was undoubtedly a hot topic in the UPR discourse this past month. On March 22nd, the International Coordinating Committee of National Human Rights Institutions held a meeting on the implementation of UPR recommendations. Mr Magazzini, former director of the National Institutions Unit of OHCHR and chair of the panel, called for coordination mechanisms to be established at the national level, and emphasized the importance of the preparation of Mid-Term reports and the production of Action Plans. Mr Peschoux, Chief of the UPR team of the OHCHR, presented ideas for the enhanced involvement of NHRIs in the UPR process, such as adducing first-hand, reliable, and prioritised information to the Council, as well as providing trainings and developing tools to educate civil society organisations (CSOs) and States. After the panelists spoke, NHRI representatives had a chance to exchange their best practices learned over the course of the first UPR cycle.
The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) recently published the timetables for 13th and 14th Sessions of the UPR Working Group. You may access the schedule for the 13th session (21 May - 4 June 2012) here and the schedule for the 14th session (22 Oct-5 Nov 2012) here. The OHCHR also published the deadlines for National Human Rights Institutions and NGOs to submit reports for the entire second cycle of the UPR. You can view the complete list of deadlines by country or session.
Finally, Benin, Chile, Portugal and Spain submitted a mid-term report to the Council. This brings the total number of mid-term reports to 21.
Next month will mark the beginning of the second cycle of the UPR with the holding of the 13th session of the Working Group from 22 May to 4 June. The second cycle will be decisive for the success of the UPR process. How the Council will assess the implementation of recommendations and will react in cases of non implementation will determine the credibility of the mechanism.
At UPR Info, April 4th marked the end of the first round of “Pre-Sessions” we organised in preparation of the 13th Session of the UPR Working Group (21st May – 4th June). 13 meetings were organised on the following States: Algeria, Bahrain, Brazil, Ecuador, India, Indonesia, Morocco, Netherlands, Philippines, Poland, South Africa, Tunisia, and the United Kingdom. Approximately 50 NGOs participated, of which half were national organisations and half were international organisations. On average, 20 State delegations attended each session. These pre-sessions filled the expressed need from both State delegations and NGOs to meet in order to identify, discuss, and further develop recommendations to ensure focused attention to the most relevant human rights issues during the reviews. The feedback received so far has shown the interest of States to meet with NGOs well in advance of the review and to receive first hand information. We look forward to seeing how NGO information will be translated into recommendations at the 13th session.
Concerning our Follow-up Programme, UPR Info recently released the Mid-term Implementation Assessments of Chile, the Republic of Congo, Macedonia FYR and New Zealand. This brings us close to the completion of session 5. We have now published 51 MIAs.
Please find more detailed information on these issues in the news below.
Quote of the month
“The UPR is not a PR exercise, it is not only a reporting process in Geneva, it is an ongoing process of dialogue and cooperation at home where it first matters to make human rights a reality”
Ms. Navy Pillay, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Annual discussion on technical assistance, Human Rights Council 19th session, 21 March 2012.
Interview of the month
Our interviewee of the month is Ms. Corlett Letlojane, Executive Director of the Human Rights Institute of South Africa. She shares with us her participation in UPR Info’s pre-session on South Africa as well as her engagement in the UPR second cycle:
Deadlines for NGO participation in the UPR
- 23 April 2012: Deadline for the submission of information on States reviewed during the 14th UPR session (22 October – 5 November): Republic of Korea, Switzerland, Pakistan, Zambia, Japan, Ukraine and Sri Lanka.
- 4 June 2012: Deadline for the submission of NGO written statements for HRC 20th session (18 June – 6 July 2012).
- 4 June 2012: Deadline for requests for NGO parallel-event rooms for HRC 20th session (18 June – 6 July 2012).
- 9 July 2012: Deadline for the submission of information on States reviewed during the 15th UPR session (Jan/Feb 2013): France, Tonga, Romania, Mali, Botswana, Bahamas, and Burundi.
- 16 July 2012: Deadline for the submission of information on States reviewed during the 15th UPR session (Jan/Feb 2013): Luxembourg, Barbados, Montenegro, United Arab Emirates, Israel, Liechtenstein and Serbia.
Deadlines for the entire the second cycle (sessions 13 to 26) are available by country and session.
Latest documents on UPR Info
- The Sexual Rights Initiative and the International Planned Parenthood Federation, Sexual rights & the Universal Periodic Review: A Toolkit for advocates, April 2012.
- Timetable for 13th session 13 (21 May - 4 June 2012) of the UPR Working Group.
- Timetable for 14th session (22 October - 5 November 2012) of the UPR Working Group.
- Global Initiative to End All Corporal Punishment of Children, Analysis of corporal punishment in the first cycle of the UPR, January 2012.
Latest Mid-term Implementation Assessments
- Macedonia (FYR)
- New Zealand
- Republic of Congo
News about the UPR
- 39 States commit to make only two recommendations per State under Review at the 2nd cycle - 11 April 2012
On March 16, during the Item 6 General Debate, 39 States committed to make only two recommendations to each State under Review (SuR) during the 2nd cycle of the UPR. More…
- Deadlines for stakeholders’ submission available for the entire second cycle - 10 April 2012
The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights recently published the deadlines for stakeholders’ (National Human Rights Institutions and NGOs) submission of information for the entire second cycle. More…
- The International Coordinating Committee of NHRIs discusses implementation of UPR recommendations - 10 April 2012
On March 22nd, the International Coordinating Committee of National Human Rights Institutions held a meeting on the implementation of Universal Periodic Review recommendations. More…
- HRC holds panel discussion on technical cooperation at the UPR - 10 April 2012
On 21st March 2012, the Human Rights Council (HRC) held its first annual discussion on technical cooperation. Initiated by resolution 18/18, adopted in September 2011, the first theme selected was the Universal Periodic Review (UPR). More…
- Timetables for session 13 and 14 available - 5 April 2012
The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights just issued the timetables for UPR Working Group 13th and 14th sessions. More…
- HRC holds usual general debate on the UPR - 29 March 2012
After the adoption of the reports of the twelfth Working Group session of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR), concluding the 1st cycle of the UPR, the Human Rights Council (HRC) held, on the 16th of March 2012, its usual general debate under item 6. Both members and observer States, as well as NGOs, discussed several issues on the UPR, including: general outcomes of the 1st cycle, follow-up and reporting under Item 6, as well as the upcoming 2nd reviews. More…
- Mid-Term Report submissions increasing - 14 March
Benin and Spain submitted their Mid-Term Reports in the last few days, following Chile’s submission earlier last week and raising the number of reports by three only in one week. More…
News about UPR Info
- UPR Toolkit for advocates - 10 April 2012
The Sexual Rights Initiative and the International Planned Parenthood Federation have just released a UPR toolkit for advocates. They embedded a couple of UPR Info’s videos, and provided the international community with a very interesting and detailled tool, available soon on CD Rom. More…
- UPR Info wraps up a dynamic first round of "Pre-Sessions" - 5 April 2012
April 4th marked the conclusion of the first Universal Periodic Review “Pre-Sessions” organised by UPR Info. The “Pre-Sessions” were an opportunity for NGOs and State delegations to meet and discuss the human rights situations of the States to be reviewed at the upcoming 13th session of the UPR Working Group (21 May-4th June). More…
- "UPR pre-sessions" launch - 27 March 2012
UPR Info launches on Thursday 29 March the first “UPR pre-sessions”, taking place in Geneva (1 rue Varembé), concerning the upcoming 13th UPR Working Group reviews. More…
- Mexico and the Mid-term Implementation Assessment - 14 March 2012
UPR Info released recently the Mid-Term Implementation Assessment (MIA) on Mexico. It was an important report, commented by several NGOs and addressing almost every recommendation received by Mexico. However, the MIA did not include the response of the State of Mexico. More…