• 29 July 2011
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The 2nd cycle of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR): significant changes

The main change in the revi­sion of the mech­a­nism of UPR [1] is the length­ening of time set for the eval­u­a­tion. There will be 30 min­utes more for the review of each country, or 3.5 hours instead of 3. This will imply that the peri­od­icity of the review for the second and sub­se­quent cycles will be of four and a half years. [2].

The second cycle will start in June 2012. The order of the review remains the same as in the first cycle. The second and sub­se­quent cycles of the review should focus on, inter alia, the imple­men­ta­tion of the accepted rec­om­men­da­tions and rel­e­vant stake­holders are encour­aged to include in their con­tri­bu­tions infor­ma­tion on the follow-up to the pre­vious review.


[1] The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) is a unique process which involves a review of the human rights records of all 192 UN Member States. The UPR is a State-driven process, under the auspices of the Human Rights Council, which provides the opportunity for each State to declare what actions they have taken to improve the human rights situations in their countries. As one of the main features of the Council, the UPR is designed to ensure equal treatment for every country when their human rights situations are assessed. (Source: Site of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights: http://www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/UP...)

[2] These changes bring about profound adjustments in the method of work detailed in the decision A/HRC/17/L.29 of the Council

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