The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) mechanism of the United Nations Human Rights Council is used to review each of the 193 Member States of the United Nations (UN) on its entire human rights record every four and a half years. Although relatively new, it is a powerful tool to hold governments accountable for sexual and reproductive rights violations, and to advocate for changes to particular laws and policies that impact on human rights related to sexuality. The 1st cycle (sessions 1-12) of the UPR began in 2008 and ended in 2011. The 2nd cycle (sessions 13-26) began in 2012 and will run until 2016. To view the full calendar of reviews for the 2nd cycle, click here.
The SRI can provide technical assistance with the preparation of UPR stakeholder submissions, practical guidance and advice regarding advocacy with UN Member States, support to advocates attending the Human Rights Council in Geneva for the UPR and information on important deadlines and requirements for participation. Partnership with the SRI has no cost implications and in fact, for each UPR session, the SRI has a limited number of stipends to assist sexual rights advocates with the preparation of their stakeholder submission. Please contact us at [email protected] if you would like to collaborate with the SRI for your country’s UPR.