UPR: What is it? What's happening?

For the coming session of the UPR in Geneva in June, IPPF and its member associations will be focusing in particular on sexual rights issues in the Netherlands, the Philippines, Indonesia and the UK/Northern Ireland. 

For those who might feel they’re drowning in a sea of acronyms, UPR stands for the Universal Periodic Review. To clarify what that is, Stuart Halford on IPPF’s Advocacy Team provides a straightforward explanation. 

“The UPR is a process of the UN system whereby all 193 countries are questioned by their peers from other countries on their human rights record. Countries then make recommendations on how a State under Review's human rights record could be improved to better comply with international human rights standards.

“The UPR provides a unique opportunity for sexual rights advocates to engage with the UN system, their government and other countries to highlight their experiences of human rights violations in an international forum and to follow up on the recommendations made by States in order to improve the policies and laws that restrict sexual rights in their country”.

The UPR is driving significant change in sexual rights: look at news on abortion reform in Ireland, and the right of young people to access sexual and reproductive health services in Lithuania to see the positive impact that this mechanism is having on government policies and the lives of individuals around the world. 

If you want to know more about the UPR and IPPF's involvement, get in touch with Stuart Halford on the Advocacy Team. shalford@ippf.org It's rumoured that there's no question on the UPR that he doesn't know the answer to ....