GENEVA (10 November 2017) – Ukraine’s human rights record will be examined by the UN Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Working Group for the third time on Wednesday, 15 November 2017 in a meeting that will be webcast live.
Ukraine is one of the 14 States to be reviewed by the UPR Working Group during its upcoming session taking place from 6 to 17 November. Ukraine’s first and second UPR reviews took place in May 2008 and October 2012, respectively.
The documents on which the reviews are based are: 1) national report - information provided by the State under review; 2) information contained in the reports of independent human rights experts and groups, known as the special procedures, human rights treaty bodies, and other UN entities; 3) information provided by other stakeholders including national human rights institutions, regional organizations and civil society groups.
Among the issues raised in the above-mentioned documents are: full implementation of the Minsk Agreements; ending and investigating conflict-related human rights violations and abuses, including summary executions, torture and ill-treatment, arbitrary detention, use of heavy weapons and landmines, use of civilian infrastructures for military purposes, and conflict-related sexual violence; ensuring access to humanitarian assistance; combatting discrimination, hate speech and hate crime on the grounds of religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation and gender identity; protecting the freedoms of religion, opinion, and peaceful assembly; combatting human trafficking and corruption; access to adequate housing, health care, social services, education and employment for Roma, Crimean Tatars, migrants, persons with disabilities, the elderly, IDPs and stateless persons; and eradicating gender-based stereotypes, violence and inequality of income.
The three reports serving as the basis for the review of Ukraine on 15 November can be found here.
Location: Room 20, Palais des Nations, Geneva
Time and date: 9.00 – 12.30, Wednesday, 15 November (Geneva time, GMT +1 hour)
The UPR is a unique process which involves a periodic review of the human rights records of all 193 UN Member States. Since its first meeting was held in April 2008, all 193 UN member States have been reviewed twice within the first and second UPR cycles. During the third UPR cycle, States are again expected to spell out steps they have taken to implement recommendations posed during their previous reviews which they committed to follow-up on, as well as to highlight recent human rights developments in the country.
The delegation of Ukraine will be headed by Mr. Sergiy Petukhov, Deputy Minister of Justice of Ukraine for the European Integration.
The three country representatives serving as rapporteurs (“troika”) for the review of Ukraine are: the Netherlands, Rwanda and Georgia.
The webcast of the session will be at http://webtv.un.org
The list of speakers and all available statements to be delivered during the review of Ukraine will be posted on the UPR Extranet at the following link.
The UPR Working Group is scheduled to adopt the recommendations made to Ukraine at 17.00 on 17 November. The State under review may wish to express its positions on recommendations posed to it during their review. The recommendations will be shared with the media on this day in advance.
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