The UPR is an important process which involves a review of the human rights records of all 192 UN Member States approximately every 4,5 years. The UPR is driven by States, under the auspices of the HRC, which provides the opportunity for each State to declare what actions they have taken to improve the human rights situations in their countries and to fulfil their human rights obligations.
The UPR highlights States' responsibility to fully respect and implement all human rights. The ultimate aim of this mechanism is to improve the human rights situation in all countries and address human rights violations wherever they occur. The UPR is currently in its second cycle, meaning that States under Review will also spell out the steps they have taken to implement accepted recommendations posed to them during their first review.
The group of States reviewed by the UPR Working Group during this session are Czech Republic, Argentina, Gabon, Ghana, Ukraine, Guatemala, Benin, the Republic of Korea, Switzerland, Pakistan, Zambia, Japan, Peru and Sri Lanka. The meeting is held at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.
Read the Norwegian statements and questions submitted prior to the review here!