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February 2009

Published on OHCHR:

The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of the Human Rights Council has examined human rights situations in 64 countries. With the conclusion of its current session in mid-February, the new mechanism has reviewed one-third of all the 192 United Nations member states since April 2008 …

… The Council President also underlined the “valuable role” played by non-governmental organizations throughout the UPR process. “They are the behind the scenes actors who help generate constructive reviews and fuel the discussions we have been hearing,” he said.

The UPR aims to review all UN member states within a period of four years in the first cycle. The UPR Working Group holds 4 sessions per year, and issues reports with recommendations and voluntary commitments made by the 16 countries reviewed in each session.

The 16 countries reviewed by the 4th session of the UPR Working Group were Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Cameroon, Canada, China, Cuba, Djibouti, Germany, Jordan, Malaysia, Mauritius, Mexico, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, and the Russian Federation. (full text).