The UPR Project at BCU: UK

In March 2022, the UPR Project at BCU submitted two joint submissions to the UK’s UPR. The first was submitted in conjunction with 4 King’s Bench Walk and focused upon migrants, detention, and racism. The second report saw the UPR Project partnering with Pace University, with an overarching theme of women’s rights, including access to abortion in Northern Ireland and domestic abuse.

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Women’s Rights Report
This joint submission furthered our partnership with Pace University in New York, US as Dr. Storey and Dr. Smyth worked with Professor Lissa Griffin. This Stakeholder submission focuses upon the overarching theme of women’s rights, using an inclusive definition of “women.”  We make specific recommendations to the UK Government on two key issues: (1) Access to abortion in Northern Ireland, and (2) Protecting women from domestic abuse across the UK.

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Minorities and Deprivation of Liberty Report

This report was written through a new partnership with leading barrister’s chambers, 4 King’s Bench Walk, Inner Temple. Professor Jon Yorke worked alongside Jyoti Wood (a Barrister at 4KBW) and Michael Lane on this submission. Both Jyoti and Michael are PhD students in the Centre for Human Rights. We make recommendations to the UK Government on three key issues relating to minorities and the deprivation of liberty: (1) The rights of migrants, asylum seekers, and refugees, (2) Detention and imprisonment, and (3) Racism.

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About 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 we engage 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.The UPR Project at BCU engages with the UPR regularly as a stakeholder, having submitted numerous reports and been cited by the OHCHR.