Portugal reviewed at 6th session of UPR
Friday, 04 December 2009 14:47


On 4 December 2009, the Working group on the UPR examined the human rights situation in Portugal. Portugal was represented by the Secretary of State for European affairs, Mr Pedro Lorte. States expressed support for Portugal’s extensive efforts towards the promotion and protection of human rights at both a national and international level. However, many States expressed concern about the following issues:


  • Continuing social discrimination against vulnerable groups, such as women and racial minorities, particularly the Roma community
  • Discrimination against racial minorities by police and other public officials, both inside and outside of detention facilities
  • The need to reduce the alarmingly high number of street children in Portugal’s largest cities
  • The need for effective enforcement of the legislative framework addressing domestic violence and discrimination against women
  • The absence in Portugal of a national human rights institution in conformity with the Paris Principles
  • Reports of physical abuse and ill-treatment of prisoners in detention and the need for more extensive human rights education for prison officials and police officers
  • The need for increased cooperation with treaty bodies through the ratification of the Optional Protocol to the Convention against Torture, the Convention on the Rights of Migrant Workers and their Families, and the International Convention for the Protection of all Person’s from Enforced Disappearance.


On 8 December, the Working Group on the UPR adopted the draft report on Portugal's review. Of the 98 recommendations made, Portugal accepted 71. 21 recommendations were accepted with qualifications as Portugal already implemented these recommendations or is in the process of doing so. 17 recommendations were left pending and Portugal promised to provide a response to these recommendations in due time. The responses will be included in the outcome report adopted by the Human Rights Council at its 13th session. Portugal only rejected one recommendation, which suggested to ratify the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families.


Hungary, on behalf of the troika, described the interactive debate with Portugal as lively and fruitful. Moreover, it welcomed Portugal's promise to involve civil society in the follow-up process to the UPR. Portugal stated that it will provide information on the status of the implementation of  recommendations on a yearly basis to the Human Rights Council.

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