Sep 18 2014
Past event

Midterm Progress Reports and National Mechanisms for the Follow-up of UPR Recommendations

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On Thursday 18th September, the Governments of the Kingdom of Morocco and the United Kingdom hosted this side-event, “Midterm Progress Reports and National Mechanisms for the Follow-up of UPR Recommendations”, in partnership with the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, the Permanent Mission of Mexico, the Permanent Mission of Thailand, the Permanent Mission of Finland, the Permanent Mission of Mauritius, UPR Info and the Universal Rights Group. The event is designed as a stocktaking exercise building on the experience of a cross-regional group of states which submit interim reports or have national mechanisms for follow-up on UPR recommendations.

The side event provided a useful forum for the exchange of experiences and good practices in order to:

  • Define the process of follow-up to the recommendations of the UPR as a continuous matter best achieved through national follow-up mechanisms or through interim reports;
  • Build partnerships between OHCHR, states willing to put in place mechanisms for follow-up on UPR recommendations or willing to submit interim reports, and states with experience in this field. The role of OHCHR will be particularly important in capacity-building and technical assistance;
  • Showcase the role expected from the National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs), civil society and other stakeholders in the preparation and development of interim reports and in national mechanisms for the follow-up of UPR recommendations;
  • Encourage and raise awareness among states, NHRIs, NGOs and the media on the importance of a practical mechanism for follow-up on the implementation of UPR recommendations.

Following the event, the URG will produce an outcome report on Midterm Progress Reports & National Mechanisms for the Follow-up of UPR Recommendations.

Speakers

Mr. Bacre Ndiaye, Director, Human Rights Council and Special Procedures Division, United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights;

H.E. Baroness Anelay, Minister of State in charge of Human Rights and International Organizations, FCO, United Kingdom;

H.E. Mr. Mahjoub El Haiba, Inter-Ministerial Delegate for Human Rights, Kingdom of Morocco;

H.E. Ms. Päivi Kairamo, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Finland;

H.E. Mr. Israhyananda Dhalladoo, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Mauritius;

H.E. Mr. Krekpan Roekchamnong, Ambassador, Deputy Permanent Representative of Thailand;

Mr. Ricardo Sepulveda Iguiniz, Director General of Public Human Rights Policy, Ministry of Interior, Mexico;

Mr. Roland Chauville, Executive Director, UPR Info;

Mr. Subhas Gujadhur, Director, Universal Rights Group (Moderator).

To view the full report produced by the Universal Rights Group, click here