UN Human Rights Council’s Information Note to NGOs

Published on OHCHR.

Information note for NGOs regarding the Universal Periodic Review mechanism (as of 16 October 2007)

(Info note available also in Arabic, French, Russian, Spanish)

This preliminary note aims at informing NGOs and providing them with some guidance on the way they may contribute to the Universal Periodic Review (UPR), the new review mechanism established by the Human Rights Council in Resolution 5/1 of 18 June 2007. Further suggested guidelines on NGO participation in the UPR will be provided by the OHCHR Civil Society Unit.

General Assembly Resolution 60/251, which created the Human Rights Council, decided that the Council shall “undertake a universal periodic review, based on objective and reliable information, of the fulfillment by each State of its human rights obligations and commitments in a manner which ensures universality of coverage and equal treatment with respect to all States; the review shall be a cooperative mechanism, based on an interactive dialogue, with the full involvement of the country concerned and with consideration given to its capacity-building needs; such a mechanism shall complement and not duplicate the work of treaty bodies (…)”. (article 5 (e)). (full text).


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