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 (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.