ISHR Issues Statement on ‘Paving the way to the 2nd cycle of the UPR’

ISHR Issues Statement on ‘Paving the way to the 2nd cycle of the UPR’

The International Service for Human Rights (ISHR) has issued a statement on ‘Paving the way to the second cycle of the UPR (Panel on technical cooperation)’, which was delivered at the 19th session of the Human Rights Council under Item 10, on 21 March 2012. The statement emphasised that technical cooperation should be supportive of and in keeping with the efforts of national human rights defenders working for the implementation of human rights obligations. Such calls and offers of technical assistance should aim in particular at strengthening national mechanisms for the protection of human rights defenders and their work.

Whilst recognising that effective human rights change is effected at the national level, the statement also highlighted the importance of distinguishing between governments that engage in genuine dialogue, and those that do not, in order for cooperative approaches to yield meaningful results. Otherwise, in the absence of such distinctions, there is an inherent danger that some governments will misuse the concept of cooperation to avoid scrutiny or accountability rather than tackling real human rights challenges. ISHR thus raise the important point that calls or offers for technical cooperation should not be used to detract from basic underlying human rights problems and make a number of useful suggestions as to how the serious engagement in all stages of the UPR should serve as a concrete test of the willingness of States to truly improve human rights on the ground.

The full statement is available here.

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