Minorities issues in the 1st cycle of the UPR process

As UN Special Rapporteur on Minority Issues, I have followed with curiosity and great interest the first sessions and the first full cycle of the Universal Periodic Review. I was eager to see the commitment of Member States to minority issues in this revolutionary peer review process both as recommending and receiving States.

One could expect in advance that the situation of minorities will often be in focus and indeed, with 895 recommendations it was the 9th most discussed topic at the 1st cycle of the Human Rights Council’s UPR process.

I believe that it is essential that we analyze these recommendations in more detail and draw the possible lessons so we can further improve the discussion on minority issues in the 2nd and future cycles.It is my privilege to offer this brief overview, which has been prepared by myself and is entirely based on the UPR Info database.

I hope that this analysis will be interesting and useful for all those working on and being interested in minority issues.

Download here: Minority Issues in the First Cycle of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR). An analysis by the UN Special Rapporteur on minority issues, Rita Izsák.