32nd Session of the Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review Working Group to be held between January 21st and February 1st, 2019
The Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review Working Group will review New Zealand, Afghanistan, Chile, Vietnam, Uruguay, Yemen, Vanuatu, former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Comoros, Slovakia, Eritrea, Cyprus, Dominican Republic, and Cambodia in the upcoming 32nd Session.
The Universal Periodic Review (UPR), along with the Human Rights Council (HRC), was established in 2006 by a UN General Assembly resolution. The UPR is the process by which all 193 UN member states are reviewed periodically and given the opportunity to provide an overview of the human rights situation in their countries and discuss the steps they have taken to ensure the enjoyment of human rights by their citizens. The reviews are conducted by the UPR Working Group, made up of the 47 members of the HRC. In addition, any UN member state can participate in the discussions with the reviewed States. Each state review is facilitated by a group of three member states who act as rapporteurs.
Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) are also eligible to participate in the UPR process. They do so by submitting information, which is added to the “other stakeholders” report that is reviewed during the UPR process. NGOs are also able to attend the UPR Working Group sessions and make statements during the HRC sessions when the outcomes of State reviews are considered. The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) has published a practical guide for civil society wishing to participate in the UPR process. It is available here.
The 32nd Session of the HRC’s UPR Working Group will take place from January 21st to February 1st, 2019. The member states under review include New Zealand, Afghanistan, Chile, Vietnam, Uruguay, Yemen, Vanuatu, former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Comoros, Slovakia, Eritrea, Cyprus, Dominican Republic, and Cambodia. More information about the UPR process, as well as about the upcoming 32nd Session is available on the website of the United Nations Human Rights Council.