Contributions and participation of "other stakeholders" in the UPR (Last update: 13 November 2015)

Through the Universal Periodic Review, the Human Rights Council will review, on a periodic basis, the fulfilment by each of the 193 United Nations Member States of their human rights obligations and commitments.

A review of a State is based on a national report prepared by the State under review; a compilation of United Nations information on the State under review prepared by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR); and a summary of information submitted by other stakeholders (including civil society actors), also prepared by OHCHR.

The review itself takes place in Geneva in a session of the Working Group on the UPR, which is composed of the 47 member States of the Human Rights Council. The review takes the form of an interactive dialogue between the State under review and the member and observer States of the Council. At the end of each review, the Working Group adopts an outcome document, which is subsequently considered and adopted by the Human Rights Council at a later session.

(a) Contributions to UPR documentation by “Other Stakeholders”, including civil society and national human rights institutions

The UPR process provides for the participation of all relevant stakeholders, including non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and national human rights institutions (NHRIs). Civil society actors and NHRIs can submit information which can be added to the “other stakeholders” report which is considered during the review. Information they provide can be referred to by any of the States taking part in the interactive discussion during the review at the Working Group meeting. NGOs can attend the UPR Working Group sessions and can make statements at the regular session of the Human Rights Council when the outcome of the State reviews are considered.

Stakeholders should follow the technical guidelines for stakeholders submissions issued by OHCHR, to send written contributions to UPR documentation.

Additional Technical guidelines for the submission of information by national human rights institutions (PDF) have also been issued by OHCHR.

Stakeholders’ submissions should be sent through the "On-line UPR submissions registration system" to register contributions for the UPR documentation from UN entities and stakeholders available (as of 4 March 2013) in the following link: https://uprdoc.ohchr.org and according to the deadlines below. Stakeholders should follow the Guidelines for the Use of the On-Line UPR Submissions Registration System".

Important note: all UPR submissions must be submitted and received (through the On-line system for registration of contributions) not later than the day of the given deadline (11:59 p.m.). Late submissions will not be considered. Should organizations encounter technical problems using the new system, please contact the UPR Submissions Helpdesk through the following email address: uprsubmissions@ohchr.org.

UPR Working Group sessions

Tentative deadlines for “Other Stakeholders”1(and UN entities) to submit written contributions


13th session (21 May – 4 June 2012)

5 November 2011

Bahrain, Ecuador, Tunisia, Morocco, Indonesia, Finland, United Kingdom

12 November 2011

India, Brazil, Philippines, Algeria, Poland, Netherlands, South Africa

14thsession (22 October – 5 November 2012)

10 April 2012

Czech Republic, Argentina, Gabon, Ghana, Peru, Guatemala and Benin

23 April 2012

Republic of Korea, Switzerland, Pakistan, Zambia, Japan, Ukraine and Sri Lanka

15th session (21 January – 1 February 2013)

9 July 2012

France, Tonga, Romania, Mali, Botswana, Bahamas, Burundi

16 July 2012

Luxembourg, Barbados, Montenegro, United Arab Emirates, Israel, Liechtenstein, Serbia

16th session (22 April – 3 May 2013)

2 October 2012

Turkmenistan, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Colombia, Uzbekistan, Tuvalu, Germany

9 October 2012

Djibouti, Canada, Bangladesh, Russian Federation, Azerbaijan, Cameroon, Cuba

17th session (21 October – 1 November, 2013)

4 March 2013

Saudi Arabia, Senegal, China, Nigeria, Mexico, Mauritius, Jordan

11 March 2013

Malaysia, Central African Republic, Monaco, Belize, Chad, Congo, Malta

18th session (27 January to 7 February 2014)

17 June 2013

New Zealand, Afghanistan, Chile, Viet Nam, Uruguay, Yemen, Vanuatu

24 June 2013

The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Comoros, Slovakia, Eritrea, Cyprus, Dominican Republic, Cambodia

19th session (28 April to 9 May 2014) 

16 September 2013

Norway, Albania, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Portugal, Bhutan, Dominica, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Brunei Darussalam, Costa Rica, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Qatar, Nicaragua

20th session (27 October to 7 November, 2014)

15 March 2014

Italy, El Salvador, Gambia, Bolivia, Fiji, San Marino, Kazakhstan, Angola, Iran (Islamic Republic of), Madagascar, Iraq, Slovenia, Egypt, Bosnia and Herzegovina

21st session (19-30 January, 2015)

15 June 2014

Kyrgyzstan, Kiribati, Guinea, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Spain, Lesotho, Kenya, Armenia, Guinea-Bissau, Sweden, Grenada, Turkey, Guyana, Kuwait

22nd session (4-15 May 2015)

15 September 2014

Belarus, Liberia, Malawi, Mongolia, Panama, Maldives, Andorra, Bulgaria, Honduras, United States of America, Marshall Islands, Croatia, Jamaica, Libya

23rd session (2-13 November, 2015)

23 March 2015

Micronesia, Lebanon, Mauritania, Nauru, Rwanda, Nepal, Saint Lucia, Oman, Austria, Myanmar, Australia, Georgia, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Sao Tome and Principe

24th session (18-29 January 2016)
- session dates to be confirmed

22 June 2015 

Namibia, Niger, Mozambique, Estonia, Paraguay, Belgium, Denmark, Palau, Somalia, Seychelles, Solomon Islands, Latvia, Sierra Leone, Singapore

25th session (2-13 May 2016)
- session dates to be confirmed

21 September 2015

Suriname, Greece, Samoa, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sudan, Hungary, Papua New Guinea, Tajikistan, United Republic of Tanzania, Antigua and Barbuda, Swaziland, Trinidad and Tobago, Thailand, Ireland

26th session (31 October – 11 November, 2016)
- session dates to be confirmed

24 March 2016

Togo, Syrian Arab Republic, Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of), Iceland, Zimbabwe, Lithuania, Uganda, Timor Leste, Republic of Moldova, Haiti, South Sudan

 (b) Participation of NGO’s in the UPR Working Group meetings and the regular sessions of the Human Rights Council

How to participate in a session of the Working Group?

NGOs in consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) can be accredited to participate in the session of the Working Group as Observers.

Economic and Social Council resolution 1996/31 of July 1996.

Check your NGO in the ECOSOC NGO database.

For information on how your NGO can apply for ECOSOC consultative status.

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1. NGO Information meetings: As Observers, NGOs are able to observe the proceedings without making oral or written statements at session of the Working Group, though may organize Information Meetings on the UPR process, with a view to sharing information and best practices.

2. A Practical Guide for Civil Society: Information about accreditation, attending the session, access to the public gallery, requesting a room for an Information Meeting, documentation and resources, participation in general, as well as the technical guidelines for stakeholders submissions can be found in the Practical Guide for Civil Society [Download: A | E | F | R | S] (PDF).

1. In accordance with the Human Rights Council resolution 5/1 (18 June 2007), resolution 16/21 (25 March 2011) and decision 17/119 (17 June 2011), the Review will be based on three documents, one of which is the national report prepared by the State concerned. Deadlines for States to submit the national report (to be submitted to the following email: uprstates@ohchr.org) which should not exceed 10,700 words, shall be officially communicated by the HRC Secretariat to the State concerned, indicatively 12 weeks before the session during which the review will take place (National reports not submitted within established deadlines will not be translated in the six official languages of the United Nations). For national reports deadlines, see Calendar of reviews for the 2nd cycle (2012 to 2016), available in http://www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/UPR/Pages/UPRMain.aspx

See also

UPR home

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Calendar of reviews for 1st cycle
(2008 to 2011)

Calendar of reviews for the 2nd cycle
(2012 to 2016)

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