GENEVA (4 May 2023) – Israel’s human rights record will be examined by the UN Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Working Group for the fourth time on Tuesday, 9 May 2023, in a meeting that will be webcast live.
Israel is one of 14 States to be reviewed by the UPR Working Group during its upcoming 43rd session from 1 to 12 May 2023. Israel’s first, second and third UPR reviews took place in December 2008, January 2013 and January 2018, 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.
The three reports serving as the basis for the review of Israel on 9 May can be found here.
Location: Room 20, Palais des Nations, Geneva
Time and date: 9:00 – 12:30, Tuesday, 9 May 2023 (Geneva time, GMT +2 hours)
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 thrice within the first, second and third UPR cycles. During the fourth 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 and highlight recent human rights developments in the country.
The delegation of Israel will be co-led by Ambassador Meirav Eilon Shahar, Permanent Representative to the United Nations Office and other International Organizations in Geneva, and Dr. Gilad Noam, Deputy Attorney General (International Law) at the Ministry of Justice.
The three country representatives serving as rapporteurs (“troika”) for the review of Israel are Côte d’Ivoire, Nepal, and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.
The UPR Working Group is scheduled to adopt the recommendations made to Israel at 16:00 on Friday, 12 May 2023. The State under review may wish to express its positions on recommendations posed to it during its review.
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