UPR 9th session lists of speakers started then cancelled before the beginning of the session

During the Working Group first session of the Human Rights Council review, States started lists of speakers of the ninth session of the Universal Periodic Review.

At previous sessions, lists had been started by delegates in the corridor before the official opening by the Secretariat but last week was the first time lists were started before the actual beginning of the session. The attention and complaints this event created pushed the Secretariat to make a statement clarifying that those lists would not be taken into account. The official lists of speakers will start on the day before the review in the morning following the usual practice.