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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, disability discrimination, and Islamophobia.

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Researchers

Consultancy background

This project will be co-led by Professor Jon Yorke, Dr Amna Nazir and Dr Alice Storey, and will build upon the CHR’s human rights advice to the British government and our work for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. It will focus upon key areas that the UPR has highlighted that requires domestic legal change for UK compliance with international commitments. Our Stakeholder Submission in the UK’s review in the Fourth Cycle of the UPR will focus upon domestic violence, disability discrimination, and Islamophobia.  

This project will also be supported by PhD researcher Mr Michael Lane, who is currently reviewing the first three cycles of the UK’s UPR, and identifying the process for considering the international commitments and the extent to which these are translated into domestic legal change.

About the UPR Project at BCU

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.