Universal Periodic Review opens fifth session

The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) mechanism of the Human Rights Council opens its fifth session, which runs from 4 to 15 May. It will examine the human rights situations in 16 countries from different regions of the world.

Sixty-four countries have been reviewed already since the Universal Periodic Review became operational in April 2008. © OHCHRThe UPR, established by the Human Rights Council, aims to assess the human rights situation in all UN member states within a period of four years in the first cycle. Its Working Group, which comprises the 47 Council members, holds 3 sessions per year. It issues reports summarizing the discussion with recommendations and voluntary commitments made by the countries reviewed in each session.

Sixty-four countries, one-third of the entire UN membership, have been reviewed already since the UPR became operational in April 2008.

The 16 countries currently under review are, in the order of review, Central African Republic, Monaco, Belize, Chad, Congo, Malta, New Zealand, Afghanistan, Chile, Viet Nam, Uruguay, Yemen, Vanuatu, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Comoros and Slovakia.

The fifth UPR session takes place in the Human Rights and Alliance of Civilizations Room at the Palais des Nations in Geneva . More information is available on the webpage of the session , which is also webcast live .

May 2009