- April 22, 2013

Geneva, 22 April 2013 – Today the Universal Periodic Review Working Group opens its 16th session (22 April - 3 May 2013) in which it will review fourteen countries. 

The UN Universal Periodic Review (UPR) is a significant innovation of the Human Rights Council which involves a review of the human rights records of all 193 UN Member States once every four and a half years. The reviews take place through an interactive discussion between the State under review and other UN Member States. The result of each review is reflected in an “outcome report” listing the recommendations the State under Review will have to implement before the next review.
During this session, the following fourteen countries will be reviewed: Turkmenistan, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Colombia, Uzbekistan, Tuvalu, Germany, Djibouti, Canada, Bangladesh, Russian Federation, Azerbaijan, Cameroon and Cuba.

Reports under Consideration during the 16th Session

The reports under consideration during this session, namely – 1) the information prepared by each State under review (National report); 2) the compilation of UN information on the State under review prepared by the OHCHR (Compilation of UN information); and, 3) the summary of information submitted by other relevant stakeholders, also prepared by OHCHR (Summary of stakeholders' information)- are available on the UPR website.
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CRPD ratifications

States under review in the 16th session of the UPR, that have not yet become parties to the CRPD, include Uzbekistan and Cameroon (which have signed the CRPD), and Tuvalu (which has not signed it). Countries that have yet to ratify the Optional Protocol include Cameroon (which has signed it), and Cape Verde, Colombia, Uzbekistan, Tuvalu, Canada, Russian Federation and Cuba (which have not signed it). 

Organizations of Persons with Disabilities (OPDs)

The DPO-civil society coalition of Germany, BRK-Allianz - German CRPD Alliance, will attend this session.
Timetable of the 16th Session of the UPR

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