Uruguay reviewed by the UPR
Tuesday, 12 May 2009 03:33


On 11 May 2009 the Working Group on the UPR considered the human rights situation in Uruguay. Uruguay's delegation was led by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Gonzalo Fernandez. During the interactive dialogue, States congratulated Uruguay for its balanced report, its openness for dialogue and its efforts to improve the protection of human rights since the end of the dictatorship in 1995. States welcomed the recent ratification of the Convention on the rights of persons with disabilities and the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance. France, the UK, Canada and Mexico underscored the active role Uruguay is playing in the international human rights system and the UN Human Rights Council. The concerns raised included the following:

  • Nearly all States recommended the setting up of an independent national human rights institution in accordance with the Paris Principles.
  • The majority of States criticised the situation of women and the protection of their rights. States recommended bringing national legislation in line with all CEDAW obligations and ensure gender equity. Several States recommended specifically increasing the legal age for marriage from 12 for girls and 14 for boys to the international standard of 18 years for both genders.
  • The poor conditions in prisons and detention centres, mainly due to overcrowding, were identified as another area of major concern. In particular, Canada and the Holy See lamented the non-segregation of pre-trial and convicted detainees. The Netherlands recommended a reform of the penal code and to look into alternative measures. Belgium emphasised that detention of juveniles should be as outlined in the CRC used as last resort and that sufficient resources should be allocated to training of personnel.
  • Children's rights were also mentioned as a significant challenge in Uruguay. Sweden among others welcomed the national action plan against sexual exploitation in this respect and recommended additional strong measures to tackle the issue. Turkey demanded to bring national legislation in line with the CRC and Japan suggested to further allocate resources to alleviate poverty. Bangladesh and Finland demanded to address the issue of high school drop out rates.
  • Several States addressed the issue of human trafficking. Slovenia questioned what effective measures have been taken to address the problem. The US recommended to increased law enforcement as trafficking is often linked to corruption and to expand training to prevent trafficking.
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