The 22nd session of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) will take place at the UN Human Rights Council, in Geneva, from 4 – 21 May 2015.
Fourteen countries will be reviewed during the session, including: Andorra, Belarus, Bulgaria, Croatia, Honduras, Jamaica, Liberia, Libya, Malawi, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Mongolia, Panama, and the United States of America.
The Sexual Rights Initiative (SRI) collaborated with national NGOs and activists in seven countries up for review to prepare five stakeholder submissions:
Report focus: Contraception, abortion, sexual and reproductive health information, reproductive rights, sexual rights
Report focus: Sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, SOGIE, gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, LGBT, freedom of association, freedom of assembly, torture and other ill‐treatment.
Gender Alternatives Foundation
Report focus: Gender equality, sexual violence, sexuality education, abortion, contraception
Croatia Women’s Room
Report focus: Sexual violence, legal reform regarding rights of victims and survivors of sexual violence, relevant documents and strategies, Protocol of Conduct in cases of sexual violence, lack of support services for victims and survivors.
Report focus: Sex workers’ rights, criminalization of sex work, HIV and AIDS
Society for Health Education
Report focus: Women’s rights, women’s representation in public life, participation, empowerment, media, sexual and reproductive rights, violence against women, unsafe abortion, quotas for women, CEDAW
Asociación Nuevos Horizontes de Panamá and Asociación Viviendo Positivamente de Panamá
Report focus: Trans women, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, SOGIE based discrimination
- United States of America
Report focus: Criminalization, sex work, HIV, sexuality education, abortion, contraception, reproductive rights
INPUD, INWUD, WHRIN, NAPW USA, SisterReach, FLCA USA, and Native Youth Sexual Health Network
Report focus: Pregnancy, Parenting, Drug Policy, Gender Equality, Racial Equality, Criminalization, Discrimination against Women who Use Drugs, Family Life, Reproductive Health, Health Care, Drug Treatment, Maternity Care, Maternal and Child Health, Health Disparities, Child Welfare, Drug Screening
The timetable for the 21st session can be accessed here.
The outcome of these reviews will be adopted during the 30th session of the HRC in September 2015.