GENEVA (2 November 2017) – Gabon’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 Tuesday, 7 November 2017 in a meeting that will be webcast live.
Gabon 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. Gabon’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: measures to combat human trafficking and to increase support for victims; measures to eliminate gender-based violence, steps to combat discrimination against women and to increase their empowerment; measures to improve prison conditions and the reform of the judicial system; freedom of association, expression and of peaceful assembly; protection of and working conditions of journalists; protection of the rights of persons with disabilities; indigenous peoples and their participation in decision-making; prohibition of corporal punishment of children in all settings , prevention of HIV/AIDS and access to basic health-care; measures to address root-causes of school dropouts especially for girls.
The three reports serving as the basis for the review of Gabon on 7 November can be found here.
Location: Room 20, Palais des Nations, Geneva
Time and date: 09.00 – 12.30, Tuesday, 7 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 three country representatives serving as rapporteurs (“troika”) for the review of Gabon are: the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Tunisia and Kyrgyzstan.
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 Gabon will be posted on the UPR Extranet at the following link.
The UPR Working Group is scheduled to adopt the recommendations made to Gabon at 16.00 on 10 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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