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8th Session of the UPR
Wednesday, 28 April 2010 12:32

 

The 8th session of the universal periodic review (UPR) Working Group will take place from 3 to 14 May 2010 in Geneva. The following 15 States will be reviewed:

 

 

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  • Kyrgyzstan
  • Kiribati
  • Guinea
  • Lao People's Democratic Republic
  • Spain
  • Lesotho
  • Kenya
  • Armenia
  • Guinea-Bissau
  • Sweden
  • Grenada
  • Turkey
  • Guyana
  • Kuwait
  • Belarus

 

Download the timetable for the 8th session, click here for documentation on State reviews, or click here for more information on the UPR in general.

 

Of note will the review of Kiribati, one of the smallest and least developed states to be reviewed by the UPR mechanism thus far. As with the review of Tuvalu in the UPR’s 3rd session, discussion will likely revolve around issues of climate change and rising sea levels, discrepancies between legislative and customary laws, and a lack of financial and human resources with which to tackle human rights issues. In its report to the UPR, Kiribati notes that there is not yet a national human rights institution operating in the State, and hopes that the international community will consider providing technical and financial assistance to establish one in the future, possibly at the regional level.

 

Also of interest during this session will be the review of Kyrgyzstan, which recently experienced severe political upheaval including rioting and police suppression. Recognition within the Council of the interim Government, and whether the State delegation chooses to take responsibility for the actions of the previous government’s security forces, may colour the tone of the review.

 

From an institutional standpoint, controversy over a fair and equitable list of speakers will likely continue. As with previous UPR sessions, States who wish to take the floor will be inscribed upon a list of speakers on a first come, first serve basis. Although a proposal for an alphabetical speakers list with a randomised starting point was presented at a public session held by the Council Bureau in February 2010, it was not agreed.

 

Additionally, although Haiti was originally scheduled to be reviewed during the this session, the review was delayed by the Council due to the earthquake in January 2010. ISHR’s coverage of the Council’s special session on Haiti can be read here.

 

Over the course of the session, ISHR will be publishing brief updates on each review.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 12 May 2010 16:03
 
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