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EU human rights priorities in the Universal Periodic Review. Do member states reflect on them? Anna Połczyńska, Grażyna Baranowska Poznań Human Rights.

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1 EU human rights priorities in the Universal Periodic Review. Do member states reflect on them? Anna Połczyńska, Grażyna Baranowska Poznań Human Rights Center Institute of Legal Studies, Polish Academy of Sciences

2 Content 1.EU Member States involvement in the UPR 2. The European Union in the UPR – light coordination 3. Realization of EU human rights priorities in the UPR 4. Double standards 5. Conclusion

3 EU Member States recommendations 32,3 %

4 Light coordination Checklists sent by EEAS to MS containing issues that should be raised Spreading information among MS about recommendations that they intend to take up * Refers only to non-EU countries

5 EU human rights priorities Selected prioritiesEU Action Plan on Human Rights and Demoracy EU human rights guidelines Human rights defenders Effective support of Human Rights Defenders Ensuring protection – EU Guidelines on Human Rights Defenders Rights of the child Promotion and protection of children’s rights EU Guidelines for the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of the Child; EU Guidelines on children and armed conflict Death penalty Abolition of death penaltyEU Guidelines on Death Penalty Torture Eradication of torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment Guidelines on Torture and other cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment or punishment LGBTI rights Enjoyment of human rights by LGBT persons Guidelines to promote and protect the enjoyment of all Human Rights by lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) persons Freedom of religion and belief Freedom of religion or beliefEU Guidelines on the promotion and protection of freedom of religion or belief

6 Analyzed countries GERMANY DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO CHINA SPAINLIBYAIRAN FINLANDUNITED STATESISRAEL POLANDTHAILAND RUSSIAN FEDERATION

7 State under Review Cycle Number of recommendations Human Rights Defenders EUTotal China DRC 1915 Finland Germany Iran 136 Israel Libya 100 Poland Russian Federation Spain 100 Thailand 100 United States 100

8 State under Review Cycle Number of recommendations Human Rights Defenders Rights of the Child EUTotalEUTotal China DRC Finland Germany Iran Israel Libya Poland Russian Federation Spain Thailand United States

9 State under Review Cycle Number of recommendations Human Rights Defenders Rights of the Child Death penalty EUTotalEUTotalEUTotal China DRC Finland Germany Iran Israel Libya Poland Russian Federation Spain Thailand United States

10 State under Review Cycle Number of recommendations Human Rights Defenders Rights of the Child Death penaltyTorture EUTotalEUTotalEUTotalEUTotal China DRC Finland Germany Iran Israel Libya Poland Russian Federation Spain Thailand United States

11 State under Review Cycle Number of recommendations Human Rights Defenders Rights of the Child Death penaltyTortureLGBTI EUTotalEUTotalEUTotalEUTotalEUTotal China DRC Finland Germany Iran Israel Libya Poland Russian Federation Spain Thailand United States

12 State under Review Cycle Number of recommendations Human Rights Defenders Rights of the Child Death penaltyTortureLGBTI Freedom of religion and belief EUTotalEUTotalEUTotalEUTotalEUTotalEUTotal China DRC Finland Germany Iran Israel Libya Poland Russian Federation Spain Thailand United States

13 Double standards EU share in recommendations toward China, DRC, Finland, Germany, Iran, Israel, Libya, Poland, Russian Federation, Spain, Thailand, US: Overall Toward EU member states Toward non EU member states Human Rights Defenders23,5 %0 %38,4 % Rights of the Child33,4 %26 %38 % Death Penalty72,2 %28,5 %100 % Tortures40,1 %27,6 %48, 1 % LGBTI rights52,5 %60,8 %47,2 % Freedom of Religion11,9 %0 %19,5 %

14 Double standards Average number of recommendations made by EU member states to members of regional groups

15 Conclusions The goal of the „light coordination” approach seems to be fulfilled EU human rights priorities are realized differently Some elements of politicization


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