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All victims of human rights abuses should be able to look to the Human Rights Council as a forum and a springboard for action. Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General,

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1 All victims of human rights abuses should be able to look to the Human Rights Council as a forum and a springboard for action. Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General, 12 March 2007, Opening of the 4th Human Rights Council Session

2 The purpose of information is to assist in understanding the value of contributing to UPRs, which are regularly done with each country and relate to their practice of human rights. The hope is that through these slides Presentation People will be encouraged to follow up the UPRs, to affirm positive action and hold the country accountable for their promises.

3 The UPR is one of the key elements of the Human Rights Council which reminds States of their responsibility to fully respect and implement all human rights and fundamental freedoms. HRC Website: HRC Website: RC/Pages/HRCIndex.aspx RC/Pages/HRCIndex.aspx

4 The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) is a unique process for reviewing the human rights records of all UN Member States. It is a State-driven process, giving each State opportunity to show actions taken to improve human rights in their countries and to fulfill their human rights obligations.

5 This all relates very closely to our IPA commitment to to our IPA commitment to: Address the root causes of poverty, especially by confronting personal and corporate greed which exploit earth, her peoples and the whole community of life. Address the root causes of poverty, especially by confronting personal and corporate greed which exploit earth, her peoples and the whole community of life.

6 IPA commitment continued IPA commitment continued: IPA UN input Local Ministry Country context Form international working groups when needed to assist in bringing information and experience from those engaged in grassroots ministry to our IPA personnel at the UN. Form international working groups when needed to assist in bringing information and experience from those engaged in grassroots ministry to our IPA personnel at the UN. Enhance communication by using technology creatively: Enhance communication by using technology creatively: To share resources To share resources To promote interest groups To promote interest groups To provide educational material about the work at the UN. To provide educational material about the work at the UN.

7 The following slides give a brief introduction a brief introduction to a number of web pages to assist in understanding the UPR process and preparing information for a Non-Government Organization (NGO) submission to a UPR.

8 This web page presents an introduction to the Universal Periodic Review. It is a short video (3 minutes) explaining what and how a UPR is done This web page presents an introduction to the Universal Periodic Review. It is a short video (3 minutes) explaining what and how a UPR is done. Process-.htmlhttp://www.upr-info.org/-UPR- Process-.html To access web page click on link in slide show or copy and paste URL to the browser

9 This web page informs us about the Universal Periodic Review This web page informs us about the Universal Periodic Review: basic facts basic facts what it is what it is how it came about how it came about what a UPR hopes to achieve what a UPR hopes to achieve who conducts a UPR who conducts a UPR how is it done how is it done what NGOs (IPA) can do what NGOs (IPA) can do how human rights are addressed how human rights are addressed and follow up to a UPR. and follow up to a UPR. s/BasicFacts.aspxhttp://www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/UPR/Page s/BasicFacts.aspx

10 This page gives a short video that explains what NGOs can do in UPRs; it has short notes on the importance of a broad consultation in preparation for writing a submission and submitting information on human rights situations.

11 This page gives practical information on what to include in a submission. alGuideEN.pdf The key points are: 6c Promotion and protection of human rights on the ground: the ground: implementation of international human rights, implementation of international human rights, national legislation and voluntary national legislation and voluntary commitments, commitments, national human rights institutions activities, national human rights institutions activities, public awareness of human rights, cooperation public awareness of human rights, cooperation with human rights mechanisms; with human rights mechanisms;

12 (Contd) 6e Identification of achievements, best practices, challenges and constraints in relation to the implementation of accepted recommendations and the development of human rights situations in the State; Page 3 explains simply the Form (length, format, identification, language) for writing a submission. Page 4 says when to submit contributions, Page 5 explains how to submit a contribution Page 5 explains how to submit a contribution.

13 This web page presents UPR Sessions: ssions.aspx The first UPR Cycle took place from The first UPR Cycle took place from All 193 countries of the UN participated in it All 193 countries of the UN participated in it The national reports, reports by other stakeholders including NGOs, and recommendations by the HRC Working Group can be found by Session and Country in the following link : The national reports, reports by other stakeholders including NGOs, and recommendations by the HRC Working Group can be found by Session and Country in the following link : ges/Documentation.aspx ges/Documentation.aspx

14 During the first UPR cycle Out of 22 countries where IPA has a presence, Presentation people from five countries submitted reports in partnership with others: Australia; Canada; Ireland; New Zealand; USA. A second UPR cycle is in progress from Presentation people in Zambia participated in preparing a joint submission. Reference to it can be found in this link: s/ZMSession14.aspx

15 The HRC Working Group on UPR made recommendations to the Government of Zambia. During the next four years, the government will implement the recommendations. NGOs and other stakeholders will engage with the government carrying forward the recommendations. The implementation of the recommendations will be one of the main focus for the next UPR for the government of Zambia and for other stakeholders.

16 This slide shows three of the many recommendations to the government of Zambia: Increase its efforts to further strengthen the national mechanism for the advancement of women and to provide such mechanism with adequate resources. Increase its efforts to further strengthen the national mechanism for the advancement of women and to provide such mechanism with adequate resources. Explore the possibility of utilizing human rights training and programs, and other similar efforts to further mainstream the promotion of the rights of women and children. Explore the possibility of utilizing human rights training and programs, and other similar efforts to further mainstream the promotion of the rights of women and children. Cooperate with the Special Rapporteurs visiting the country and take into account their views. Cooperate with the Special Rapporteurs visiting the country and take into account their views.

17 The Second UPR Cycle is in progress The following slide presents… The schedule of UPR sessions for the countries where IPA has a presence The schedule of UPR sessions for the countries where IPA has a presence Deadline for submissions by various stakeholders including NGOs Deadline for submissions by various stakeholders including NGOs

18 Second cycle of sessions NGO Report Deadline Countries 18 th session (Jan-Feb 2014)17 June 2013Chile 18 th session (Jan-Feb 2014)17 June 2013New Zealand 18 th session (Jan-Feb 2014)24 June 2013Slovakia 19 th session (Apr-May 2014)1 September 2013Dominica 19 th session (Apr-May 2014)1 September 2013Nicaragua 20 th session (Oct-Nov 2014)1 February 2014Bolivia 22 nd session (Apr-May 2015)1 September 2014USA 23 rd session (Oct-Nov 2015)1 February 2015Australia 25 th session (Apr-May 2016)1 September 2015Antigua 25 th session (Apr-May 2016)1 September 2015Ireland 25 th session (Apr-May 2016)1 September 2015Papua/New Guinea 25 th session (Apr-May 2016)1 September 2015Thailand 26 th session (Oct-Nov 2016)1 February 2016Zimbabwe

19 We hope this educational PowerPoint We hope this educational PowerPoint … gives us some idea of the UPR processes gives us some idea of the UPR processes calls us to educate ourselves and our networks re the importance of the UPR calls us to educate ourselves and our networks re the importance of the UPR urges us to study recommendations for our respective countries and collaborate with our governments in their implementation urges us to study recommendations for our respective countries and collaborate with our governments in their implementation

20 We hope this educational PowerPoint We hope this educational PowerPoint … invites us to use the UPR processes to hold our governments accountable invites us to use the UPR processes to hold our governments accountable encourages us to identify and partner with others in our country in preparing written submissions to UPRs encourages us to identify and partner with others in our country in preparing written submissions to UPRs empowers us to participate in UPR Sessions in Geneva and on webcast. empowers us to participate in UPR Sessions in Geneva and on webcast.

21 …Energized by this evolving consciousness we engage in expansive partnerships that move us to personal and systemic transformation (IPA Direction Statement 2012)


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