Humanists International members participate in annual UPR training session

  • post Type / Advocacy News
  • Date / 26 January 2024

For the fourth year in a row, Humanists International has held a workshop for its members on how to engage with the UN Universal Periodic Review (UPR) process.

The workshop provided practical guidance for Humanists International’s Member and Associate organizations wishing to engage in the United Nations Universal Periodic Review (UPR) process in the coming year.

During the UPR, UN Member States are subject to a review process, and receive specific recommendations, on how to improve their human rights record. NGOs are able to participate in the UPR through written statements and oral submissions.

The workshop was attended by 13 individuals from six different Member and Associate organizations of Humanists International, including organizations based in Australia, Italy, Kenya, Norway, Sweden, and Turkey. During the workshop, participants learned about the role of civil society organizations during the UPR, and discussed, amongst other things, best practices for effective engagement and how to draft a high-quality written submission.

Humanists International first began actively working with members to make written submissions to the UPR in 2020. In 2021, Humanists International started conducting annual UPR workshops for its members, with its first in February that year, the next in January 2022, and then in February 2023.

Advocacy Officer, Leon Langdon, delivering the training

Since 2020, 12 Member and Associate organizations have made written submissions as part of the UPR Process: Humanists Barbados (on Barbados); Humanists UK (on the UK); SOCH Nepal (on Nepal); Humanist Union of Greece (on Greece); Danish Humanist Society (on Denmark); Demens.nu (on Belgium); Freethought Lebanon (on Lebanon); Humanist Association of Finland and Union of Freethinkers of Finland (on Finland); the Hungarian Atheist Association (on Hungary); Humanist Association of Ottawa (on Canada); and Humanists Malta (on Malta).

In addition to written UPR submissions by members, Humanists International has facilitated joint oral interventions at the UN Human Rights Council as part of the UPR. To date, there have been 32 UPR oral statements made at the Council with members.

WordPress theme developer - whois: Andy White London