Monaco reviewed by the UPR
Tuesday, 05 May 2009 01:57


On 4 May 2009, Monaco was reviewed by the Working Group on the universal periodic review (UPR). Around 30 States took part in the review making comments and recommendations on the following key issues:


  • Absence of a national human rights institution: Plans to establish a NHRI continue to exist while the human rights and fundamental freedoms unit within the Department of External Relations engages in fundamental rights training and outreach activities
  • Discrimination against women: there was common concern regarding the different legal requirements for men and women wishing to acquire Monegasque nationality Monaco stressed that women who have acquired Monegasque nationality by marriage do not have the right to transfer nationality to their children in the event of a divorce
  • Labour legislation: Monaco was questioned on why it is not a member of the International Labour Organisation, which would ensure the adoption of conventions 111 and 118 on Discrimination in Employment and Occupation and Equality of Treatment in regard to Social Security. In response Monaco stated that its trade union laws do not permit it to join the ILO
  • Violence against women: is not specified as a crime in domestic law and there is a lack of judicial procedures to protect women who are victims of domestic violence. Monaco explained that it is still working on a legislative text to specify domestic violence against women as a crime which is likely to be approved next year
  • The international community inquired on the justification for Monaco’s continued failure to ratify the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court after having signed it. Monaco claimed that a number of legal studies are still being undertaken to examine the compatibility of their domestic law with the Rome Statute.
  • States also recommended the adoption and ratification of the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture, the Convention on the Protection of the Rights of Migrant Workers and Members of their Families, the Convention on Rights of Persons with Disabilities and Monaco becoming a member of UNESCO to combat discrimination in education.


The adoption of the outcome of the review of Monaco under UPR took place on Wednesday 6 May. Out of the 41 recommendations, Monaco accepted 23 and will consider 11.


The recommendations to be considered before the September 2009 session of the Human Rights Council mainly deal with the accession to various international instruments such as the Convention on the Protection of Persons from Enforced Disappearances, ILO or the Rome Statute, and the establishment of a Human Rights Commission in accordance with the Paris Principle.


Seven recommendations did not enjoy the support of Monaco because they do not suit the situation of the country or because the State has chosen other mechanisms to achieve the same goal. 

  • Concerning the accession to Convention on the Rights of Migrant Workers, Monaco stated that that the Convention does not seem to be adapted to the reality
  • Regarding the right of foreigners to participate in political like, it indicated that civil and political rights are only accorded to persons with Monegasque nationality
  • As far as the denunciations of the ruling family and the freedom of press are concerned, it affirmed that  freedom of expression is fully guaranteed without prejudice to the right of the royal family to defend itself against insult.


The draft report was adopted by consensus.

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