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3 April 2017

Attending Pre-sessions of the Universal Periodic Review

This week Simavi and partners will attend the Pre-sessions ahead of the 27th Universal Periodic Review (UPR) in Geneva. The UPR hearing is a process of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) that involves a review of the human rights records of all 193 UN members states once every four year.

 

This year the following countries will be up for review during the upcoming session: Algeria; Bahrain; Brazil; Ecuador; Finland; India; Indonesia; Morocco; Netherlands; Philippines; Poland; South Africa; Tunisia; United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.  The UPR is the only process in which States directly ask questions and make recommendations to each other regarding national human rights situations.

Human right to a healthy life

Human Rights are rights inherent to all human beings, whatever our nationality, place of residence, sex, national or ethnic origin, colour, religion, language, or any other status. We are all equally entitled to our human rights without discrimination.

Simavi believes that every human being has the right to live a healthy life. To enable disadvantaged people, especially women and girls, to enjoy a healthy life, we empower them to improve their hygiene practice, make use of sustainable drinking water and sanitation services, and make informed decisions about their sexual and reproductive health and rights – free from discrimination, coercion and violence.

An important tool for advocacy

The UPR process is an important tool for advocacy in countries where there are concerns about compliance with international human rights obligations related to these themes. For example when people cannot make decisions concerning their sexual activity and reproduction free from discrimination, coercion, and violence.

During the UPR process, Civil Society, for example Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) and Coalitions of NGOs can share their experience, knowledge and awareness of issues by submitting reports describing the specific human rights situation in their country. This week during the UPR Pre-session organised by UPR Info, nominated Civil Society members will elaborate on their reports in oral statements to diplomatic delegations.

The UPR Pre-sessions are a way to empower human rights voices from the ground on international level.  The aim of the Pre-sessions is to ensure that the recommendations that will be made at the UPR hearing are specific and well targeted. With the ultimate aim to change restrictive laws, policies and ultimately practices. More information on the PRe-sessions can be found here.

We call upon governments under review and all other governments to respect, protect and fulfil human rights.

 

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