Encourage civil society organizations to submit 5 page written report to the Universal Periodic Review. September 15, 2014 is the tentative deadline for “Other Stakeholders” and UN entities to submit written contributions to the Universal Periodic Review.
Contributions and participation of "other stakeholders" in the UPR
Through the Universal Periodic Review, the Human Rights Council will review, on a periodic basis, the fulfillment by each of the 193 United Nations Member States of their human rights obligations and commitments.
A review of a State is based on a national report prepared by the State under review; a compilation of United Nations information on the State under review prepared by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR); and a summary of information submitted by other stakeholders (including civil society actors), also prepared by OHCHR.
The review itself takes place in Geneva in a session of the Working Group on the UPR, which is composed of the 47 member States of the Human Rights Council. The review takes the form of an interactive dialogue between the State under review and the member and observer States of the Council. At the end of each review, the Working Group adopts an outcome document, which is subsequently considered and adopted by the Human Rights Council at a later session.
(a) Contributions to UPR documentation by “Other Stakeholders”, including civil society and national human rights institutions
The UPR process provides for the participation of all relevant stakeholders, including non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and national human rights institutions (NHRIs). Civil society actors and NHRIs can submit information which can be added to the “other stakeholders” report which is considered during the review. Information they provide can be referred to by any of the States taking part in the interactive discussion during the review at the Working Group meeting. NGOs can attend the UPR Working Group sessions and can make statements at the regular session of the Human Rights Council when the outcome of the State reviews are considered.
Stakeholders should follow the technical guidelines for stakeholders submissions issued by OHCHR, to send written contributions to UPR documentation.
Additional Technical guidelines for the submission of information by national human rights institutions (PDF) have also been issued by OHCHR.
Stakeholders’ submissions should be sent through the new On-line UPR submissions system to register contributions for the UPR documentation from UN entities and stakeholders available (as of 4 March 2013) in the following link: https://uprdoc.ohchr.org.