The thirteenth session of the Human Rights Council's Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Working Group was held in Geneva from 21 May to 4 June during which the next group of 14 States had their human rights records examined under this mechanism. With the convening of this session, the UPR will have begun its second cycle of reviews.
The group of States reviewed by the UPR Working Group during this session are (in order of review): Bahrain, Ecuador, Tunisia, Morocco, Indonesia, Finland, United Kingdom, India, Brazil, Philippines, Algeria, Poland, the Netherlands, and South Africa. The meeting will take place at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.
Representatives of the 14 countries came before the Working Group, which comprises the entire membership of the 47-member Human Rights Council, to present efforts they have made in fulfilling their human rights obligations and commitments, assessing both positive developments and identifying challenges. As an integral part of the second cycle of the UPR, States under Review will also spell out the steps they have taken to implement accepted recommendations posed to them during their first review.
Norway considers the UPR mechanism to be of great importance and seeks to participate in the examinations of all states under review by sending the state under review written questions in advance, as well as by raising questions and comments in an intervention during the dialogue. Norway's questions sent in advance and interventions for each of the countries under review during the 13th session might be read here.