The 23rd session of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) will take place at the UN Human Rights Council, in Geneva, from 2-13 November 2015.
Fourteen countries will be reviewed during the session, including: Micronesia, Lebanon, Mauritania, Nauru, Rwanda, Nepal, Saint Lucia, Oman, Austria, Myanmar, Australia, Georgia, Saint Kitts and Nevis, and Sao Tome and Principe.
The Sexual Rights Initiative (SRI) collaborated with national NGOs and activists in five countries up for review to prepare eight stakeholder submissions:
- SRI, HERA-XXI Report focus: safe abortion, access to contraception and the rights of sex workers
- SRI, Real People Real Vision Report focus: comprehensive sexuality education, sexual rights, sexual abuse, sexual exploitation; sexual violence; domestic violence; gender based violence; marital rape; young women and girls.
- SRI, A Project and Center for Reproductive Rights Report focus: family violence, marital rape, personal status law, rights of LGBT persons, contraception, safe abortion
- SRI, Arab Foundation for Freedom and Equality Report focus: women’s rights, LGBT people, sexual rights, reproductive rights, freedom of Association and Expression
- SRI, Beyond Beijing Committee Report focus: safe abortion, legalization, unsafe abortion
- SRI, Great Lakes Initiative for Human Rights and Development, IPAS Report focus: access to legal abortion, maternal mortality
- SRI, Horizon Community Association Report focus: Freedom of association, freedom of movement, freedom of expression, right to health, right to privacy, LGBTI people, sex workers, violations by state-actors, access to justice, discrimination, exclusion, HIV/AIDS, right to health
- SRI, CariFlags, United and Strong Inc. Report focus: women’s rights, LGBT people, child rights
Adoption of UPR reports: March 2016
The outcome report for each State under Review during UPR23 will be adopted at the 31st session of the Human Rights Council in March 2016. At this time, it will be known which recommendations the State under review will agree to implement. This is the only opportunity for civil society to make an oral statement during the official UPR process. The SRI, in collaboration with partners and allies, will work to ensure that sexual and reproductive rights are visible in the lead up to and during this segment of the UPR process.
The UPR mechanism of the United Nations Human Rights Council is used to review each of the 193 Member States of the UN on its entire human rights record every four and a half years. The Sexual Rights Initiative has launched a Universal Periodic Review (URP) Sexual Rights database. To gain access to the Database, please send an email to [email protected] containing the following information: your name, the name of your organization (if any), your email address, the name and email address of a reference (either an SRI partner, or known to one).