The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) is a unique process which involves a review of the human rights records of all UN Member States. The UPR is a State-driven process, under the auspices of the Human Rights Council, which provides the opportunity for each State to declare what actions they have taken to improve the human rights situations in their countries and to fulfil their human rights obligations.
As one of the main features of the Council, the UPR is designed to ensure equal treatment for every country when their human rights situations are assessed. The ultimate aim of this mechanism is to improve the human rights situation in all countries and address human rights violations wherever they occur. Currently, no other universal mechanism of this kind exists.
Latest press releases related to the UPR
High Commissioner Report on Implementation and enhancement of international cooperation in the field of human rights
Regional Workshop on the UPR: Good practices, Follow-up Mechanisms and Synergies with the 2030 Agenda, Panama City. Panama (22-23 October 2019)
GA 74, Side event "Increasing parliaments' engagement with human rights" (14 October 2019)
Background information available inArabic,
Informal briefing for delegations:
Some UPR Good practices (videos):
Kindly note: the 36th session is postponed from May to November 2020 because of COVID-19. See
The third UPR cycle started on 1 May 2017.
See relevant third cycle documents, including:
Further information may be sought at the following address:
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