The UPR Project at BCU

The Centre for Human Rights (CHR) has been engaging with the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) since 2016. Under the auspice of the Human Rights Council, the UPR is an intergovernmental process providing a review of the human rights record of all Member States. Through the UPR Project at BCU, the CHR engages with the UPR through taking part in the UPR Pre-sessions, providing capacity building for UPR stakeholders and National Human Rights Institutions, and the filing of stakeholder reports in selected sessions. The UPR Project is designed to help meet the challenges facing the safeguarding of human rights around the world, and to help ensure that UPR recommendations are translated into domestic legal change in member state parliaments. We fully support the UPR ethos of encouraging the sharing of best practice globally to protect everyone's human rights.

UN Geneva UPR project

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Consultancy background

The Centre for Human Rights has been engaging with the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) since 2016. Under the auspice of the Human Rights Council, the UPR is an intergovernmental process providing a review of the human rights record of all Member States. Through the UPR Project at BCU, the CHR engages with the mechanism through taking part in the UPR Pre-sessions, providing capacity building for UPR stakeholders and National Human Rights Institutions, and the filing of stakeholder reports in selected sessions.

The Pre-sessions are organised by the NGO, UPRinfo, which brings together UN Permanent Missions, national human rights institutions, and civil society organisations to discuss the key human rights issues in the member states to be considered in the UPR. It seeks to identify stakeholder needs within individual member states, in order to help ensure that stakeholder issues and the claimed human rights violations are adequately reported to the Pre-session to help inform the UPR in the Human Rights Council. The UPR Project has engaged in numerous countries’ Pre-sessions, including Sudan and Namibia, having discussions with government delegations and civil society organisations across the world, and impacting upon recommendations made at the UPR.

In September 2019, the UPR Project at BCU submitted its first stakeholder report to the USA’s UPR. Since then, we have submitted reports to the UPRs of multiple countries, including Myanmar, Namibia, Eswatini, Sudan, Thailand, Papua New Guinea, South Sudan, and the Syrian Arab Republic. Our reports are frequently cited by the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. You can read these reports and information about reports in preparation below.

Projects

The UPR Project at BCU: USA

Advising the United States of America on the subjects of  capital punishment, climate change, and compassionate release for prisoners.

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The UPR Project at BCU: Myanmar

The Centre for Human Rights provides recommendations for Myanmar to ratify the Second Optional Protocol to the ICCPR on...

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The UPR Project at BCU: Sudan

This stakeholder report submitted to Sudan’s third cycle UPR is led by Dr Amna Nazir and builds upon our 2016 work wit...

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The UPR Project at BCU: Eswatini

Our s takeholder report to Eswatini's Universal Periodic Review, led by  Dr Alice Storey , makes specific recommend...

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The UPR Project at BCU: Namibia

Our Stakeholder report to Namibia's Universal Periodic Review makes specific recommendations to the government on eradi...

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The UPR Project at BCU: Pakistan

Birmingham City University's Centre for Human Rights will be working with  the Research Society of International Law ...

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The UPR Project at BCU: UK

Our Stakeholder Submission in the UK’s review in the Fourth Cycle of the UPR will focus upon domestic violence, disabi...

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The UPR Project at BCU: Brazil

This project will form staff and student collaborations to identify key human rights issues in Brazil.

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The UPR Project At BCU: Thailand

Our stakeholder report to Thailand’s Universal Periodic Review, led by Professor Jon Yorke, makes specific recommendat...

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The UPR Project At BCU: Papua New Guinea

Our stakeholder report to Papua New Guinea’s Universal Periodic Review, led by  Professor Jon Yorke , makes specific...

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The UPR Project at BCU: Syrian Arab Republic

Our Stakeholder report to the Syrian Arab Republic’s Universal Periodic Review, led by Professor Jon Yorke, makes spec...

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The UPR Project at BCU: South Sudan

Our Stakeholder report to South Sudan’s Universal Periodic Review, led by Dr. Amna Nazir, makes specific recommendatio...

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