Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) like Simavi have many opportunities to take part and influence the UPR process. For example, they can: participate in the national consultations held by the State under Review; send information on the human rights situation in a country; lobby members of the Working Group; take the floor at the Human Rights Council during the adoption of the report; monitor and participate in the implementation by the State under Review of the UPR recommendations.
In 2016 we focused on strengthening the capacity of a number of our partners to be able to use the UPR in order to advocate for recognition of SRHR as a universal human right that should be respected, protected and fulfilled. The in-country technical assistance that we provide to partners gives a better understanding of the human rights linked to SRHR, as well the more procedural part of engaging as an advocate in this international space. By creating a bridge between the work being done in county by our partners and the national governments who should helping them, we hope that governmental obligations will be honoured, now and in the future.