Universal Periodic Review (UPR)
2013 UPR Reports submitted by stakeholders in Malaysia:
What is UPR?
In 2008 the United Nations (UN) introduced a new human rights mechanism, the Universal Periodic Review (UPR), to review the human rights practices of all UN Member States, including Malaysia.
The UPR is a full-circle process comprising of 3 key stages:
1. Review of the human rights situation of the State under Review.
2. Implementation by the State under Review of the recommendations obtained and the voluntary pledges made.
3. Assessment on the implementation of those recommendations and on the human rights situation at the next review.
The review sessions of all Member States are held every four and a half years, conducted by the Human Rights Council. This year, Malaysia will be reviewed for the second time, at the upcoming 17th session of the UPR Working Group which will be held in Geneva from 21 October – 1 November 2013.
While states are the main actors of the UPR, NGOs are given the opportunity to be involved and influence the UPR process. NGOs are welcomed to participate in national consultations, send submissions to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OCHCR), lobby, take the floor and monitor the implementation of the UPR recommendations.
WAO is a member of the coordinating committee of the Coalition of Malaysian NGOs in the UPR Process (COMANGO). For the upcoming UPR Working Group Session, COMANGO submitted reports on the human rights situation in the country to the OHCHR and conducted briefing sessions with the country’s members of Parliament as well as foreign diplomats in Malaysia. COMANGO will be meeting diplomats in Geneva before the 2013 UPR Working Group session begins.