UPR Watch is specifically dedicated to the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) mechanism of the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC) created by the General Assembly in its Resolution 60/251 on March 15, 2006.
The UPR is a peer-review mechanism conducted by the States on a regular basis (4.5 years). It consists of an evaluation of the compliance, by each United Nations member state (193), to its human rights commitments and obligations. To this end, the UPR submits all states – without distinction based on size or power – to the same review, applying the same methodology and purpose equally to all. Recommendations made to the States form the basis of UPR Watch’s work and the contents of its database.
Our trilingual database (Arabic, French and English) (1) lists all (20,000) recommendations addressed to states; (2) distinguishes between them using the state’s position regarding each (acceptance, rejection, no clear answer, or noted); and (3) sorts them by theme, country and collectivity.
Begun in 2008, the UPR concluded its first cycle in December 2011. Starting in May 2012 and for the next four years, each country will return to the HRC to report on the evolution of the human rights situation in the field and on the implementation status (or lack thereof) of the recommendations made to that state as part of its review.
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