- In 2017, UPR Info continued to support all UPR stakeholders in its strategic areas of engagement: raising awareness about the UPR mechanism; building capacity of UPR stakeholders; developing knowledge materials; improving its database to support the monitoring of UPR recommendations; and working at the policy level to strengthen implementation, and to ensure that the voices of all segments of society are heard.
On 9-10 May 2018, some 80 participants joined the Civil society submission follow-up workshop, co-organised by Cambodian Center for Human Rights (CCHR), Office in Cambodia of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and UPR Info in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. The event was a continuation of the March activity during which civil society initiated the drafting process of CSO submissions ahead of Cambodia’s 3rd UPR in January 2019. Most of the participants in the workshop participated in the March event, which proved valuable for the effective continuation of the drafting process. At the first day, UPR Info introduced good practices in the reporting stage and a submission template with the aim of consolidating the structure of joint submissions. The objective of the two-day event was to provide space and technical expertise to the working groups to progress with their reports. As such, the agenda emphasised on group work and plenary presentations.
Since March 2018, the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan has seen a flurry of multi-stakeholder activity in preparation for its third UPR (scheduled for November 2018). Several national civil society coalitions have conducted UPR-related events, in collaboration with the Government of Jordan, donors and other stakeholders. The activities have aimed to measure the successes and challenges related to 2013 UPR recommendations. Three consultation meetings were organised by the coalitions to discuss the UPR process, as well as highlight the priorities from the perspective of the civil society stakeholders. The perspective of the Government – a key partner in the UPR civil society/State dialogue – was also addressed during the meetings. In addition, the coalitions gave an overview of their submitted stakeholder reports which they submitted by March 2018.
On 19 April 2018, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs in Armenia, UNDP, OSF Armenia, and UPR Info co-organised a public hearing on draft 2nd cycle UPR mid-term reports developed respectively by the Government of Armenia and a coalition of CSOs. The event successfully gathered representatives from various Government ministries, civil society, the Human Rights Defender of the Republic of Armenia [NHRI], UNDP, UNHCR, UNICEF and the Delegation of the European Union to Armenia. The hearing took place on the back of the CSO mid-term workshop held in Armenia in October 2017.
On 5 April 2018, some 90 participants joined the National UPR follow-up meeting, co-organised by the NGO Coalition for the UPR in Nepal, National Human Rights Commission [NHRI], The Lutheran World Federation, FIAN Nepal and UPR Info, with the generous support of the Delegation of the European Union in Nepal. CSO representatives active on a diverse range of human rights issues, from both urban and rural parts of the county, joined the event together with officials from the Government, the National Human Rights Institution and UN agencies, all of which actively contributed to the agenda.