Universal Periodic Review

The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) is a unique process which involves a review of the human rights records of all UN Member States. The UPR is a State-driven process, under the auspices of the Human Rights Council, which provides the opportunity for each State to declare what actions they have taken to improve the human rights situations in their countries and to fulfil their human rights obligations. As one of the main features of the Council, the UPR is designed to ensure equal treatment for every country when their human rights s ituations are assessed.

The UPR was created through the UN General Assembly on 15 March 2006 by resolution 60/251, which established the Human Rights Council itself. It is a cooperative process which, by October 2011, has reviewed the human rights records of all 193 UN Member States. Currently, no other universal mechanism of this kind exists. The UPR is one of the key elements of the Council which reminds States of their responsibility to fully respect and implement all human rights and fundamental freedoms. The ultimate aim of this mechanism is to improve the human rights situation in all countries and address human rights violations wherever they occur.

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Calendar of reviews for the 3rd cycle (2017-2021)

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Informal guidelines for the preparation of UPR national reports​
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29th session
15 January 2018 - 26 January 2018 / Timetable

3rd UPR cycle

Third cycle of UPR

Letters by the High Commissioner to the Foreign Ministers of Member States reviewed during the 27th UPR Working Group session

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Universal Periodic Review 2017-2021 (2022) Background information available in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish.

See the video of the HRC President Choi Kyonglim: Marking the end of the 2nd UPR cycle


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