The first day saw UPR Info provide an introductory training to CSOs on the UPR ahead of many of them speaking at the UPR Info Pre-sessions in Geneva from 10 – 13 October. Following the training a round-table took place to discuss how CSO and State preparations had been progressing since the previous UPR and UPR Info, at this stage, offered the CSOs a variety of best practices, many found in “The CSO Compendium” and “The Butterfly Effect”, on how to sustain their engagement in the UPR beyond the review in November.
On 21 September 2017, the Working Group On Human Rights in India and the UN (WGHR) facilitated the largest ever live webcast of the adoption of India’s third-cycle UPR.
At least 245 screenings took place in nearly all states of India, including Chennai, Madurai, Puducherry, Bangalore, Trivandrum to Sonepat, Almora, Patiala, Sri Nagar, New Delhi, and many others. Nearly eleven thousand people comprising of civil society organisations, college students, lawyers, diplomats, professors, policy makers, and journalists gathered together to watch the Indian Government’s response to its international human rights evaluation. Reaction to the responses was varied. While the participants welcomed India’s acceptance of 152 UPR recommendations - mostly on socio-economic issues - they were also concerned about the remaining 98 recommendations which were noted, predominantly relating to civil and political rights, religious minorities, dalit rights, and human rights defenders.