Universal Periodic Review

This trilingual site (Arabic, French and English) is the primary instrument of UPR Watch. It is dedicated to the new Universal Periodic Review (UPR) mechanism of the United Nations Human Rights Council and provides information on the situation of human rights promotion and protection worldwide. It provides its users, students and researchers, governments and human-rights activists, with access to a database related to the evaluation of the policies of the 193 United Nations member states and their compliance – or lack thereof – with international human-rights standards (conventions, covenants, implementation of recommendations from human rights treaty bodies and special procedures, upgrades of legislation and national institutions of human rights promotion and protection, etc.).

Between 2008 and 2011, all United Nations member states without exception were subjected to a review (using the same criteria and purpose) of their human rights promotion and protection policy. This review forms the present site’s subject matter – including the 20,000 or so recommendations addressed to the states at the end of the review undertaken by the Human Rights Council.

This site lists all of these recommendations and sorts them by country, theme and collectivity. It also offers analyses pertaining to 1) the UN human-rights system and its mechanisms (treaty bodies, Universal Periodic Review and special procedures); 2) a selection of countries; 3) the follow-up of the implementation of recommendations as part of the UPR’s second cycle, from 2012 to 2016.

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UPR implementation of the recommendations
What will the States do about the recommendations expressed to them by the Human Rights Council?
These recommendations, according to the Council itself, should be implemented primarily by the State concerned. We at UPR Watch think this implementation is binding in nature since the following review cycle (2012-2016), if it is to take place, will focus precisely on the implementation of these recommendations.

Our Website offers a follow-up, country by country, of the implementation – or lack thereof – of the recommendations received and accepted by the states under review.

Without this implementation, the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) and the Human Rights Council would lose all credibility and all legitimacy. Without this implementation, the effective promotion and protection of the rights of all members of the human family would simply be negated. Indeed, the Council’s recommendations express a consensus between the international community and a given country in terms of rights protection within that State. Consequently, failure to act constitutes an informed refusal to guarantee fundamental rights protection.
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Jean-Louis Roy welcomes you!
Welcome on the UPR Watch web-based platform. We invite you ask your questions and share your analyses and comments. This platform is also yours and that of everyone around the world who shares the objectives of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

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