On 18 June 2009, the Human Rights Council (HRC) adopted by consensus a resolution on the issuance of the thirteen Reports of the fourth session of the UPR Working Group that exceeded the 9.630 word limit. The resolution called for a translation of those reports before the 12th session of the HRC and reaffirmed that the UPR Working Group was entrusted with the authority to decide on the adoption of reports that exceptionally exceed this limit.
UPR Info has produced the first ever database on human rights issues raised at a UPR session. The database contains all the human rights issues that were raised during session 5 and sorted by States under Review and States raising them. It aims at facilitating the civil society to monitor States intervention and lobby more effectively.
The database is a Microsoft Excel Worksheet. It works with all Microsoft Excel versions.
During the general debate held on item 6 (item dedicated to the UPR) at the 11th session of the Human Rights Council (HRC), several States reviewed last year presented information about the follow-up on recommendations. Hence, Bahrain, the United Kingdom, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates and Colombia presented updates about implementation of recommendations received during their review.
After adopting the sixteen Reports of the Working Group (RWG) of States reviewed last February during the fourth session, the Human Rights Council (HRC) held Friday 12 June a two-hour general debate on the UPR at its 11th session.
Some civil society organisations were not able to speak on two adoptions of Working Group reports due to time constraints. At the adoption of the reports of Canada and Saudi Arabia, the Human Rights Council was so much behind schedule that NGOs started their statements at 6 pm. The President of the HRC had to deny three NGOs on each adoption from taking the floor because no interpretation was available anymore.
However, those statements would still be included in the report of the 11th session of the HRC.