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MALAYSIA’s UPR at the UN in Geneva – Adoption
13th November 2018 @ 16:00 - 18:00
The 31st session of the Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Working Group will be held in Geneva from 5 to 16 November 2018. Malaysia’s human rights records will reviewed during this session.
WHAT IS THE UPR?
It means Universal Periodic Review. It is a unique process run by the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland where every 5 years, UN member states get reviewed on their countries’ Human Rights record and when member states have an opportunity to submit recommendations for improvement for the next 5 years.
WHICH ARE THE 14 MEMBER STATES BEING REVIEWED IN THIS SESSION?
The group of States having their human rights records reviewed by the UPR Working Group during this session are (in order of scheduled review): Saudi Arabia, Senegal, China, Nigeria, Mexico, Mauritius, Jordan, MALAYSIA, Central African Republic, Monaco, Belize, Chad, Congo, Malta.
WHAT HAPPENS DURING THE REVIEW PROCESS?
Representatives of the 14 countries are scheduled to come before the Working Group to:
- declare what actions they have taken to improve the human rights situations in their countries and to fulfil their human rights obligations
- assess and identify the challenges faced in the implementation of the UPR recommendations posed during their previous reviews.
Each examination, conducted by the UPR Working Group, takes 3½ hours.
The State under Review (SuR) is given a total of 70 minutes to address the Working Group. This time is usually used to make introductory remarks, summarising their National Report, and to offer closing remarks once the Chair of the Working Groups concludes the interactive dialogue.
The SuR can also take the floor during the interactive dialogue to both respond to questions, submitted in advance or during the review, and provide the group of States with additional information.
The remaining 140 minutes are allocated to the Interactive Dialogue of the Working Group Session, a dynamic space for peer-to-peer debate.
States participating in the review, known as Recommending States (RS), have the opportunity to ask questions, note comments and, crucially, make recommendations to the SuR. The review for each State is facilitated by groups of three Council members from different regional groups, or troikas, who act as rapporteurs. The troikas for the 27th session can be found here: http://bit.ly/TroikaListUPR31
HOW IS GLOBAL BERSIH INVOLVED IN THE UPR?
On 10th October 2018 a “pre-UPR” session was held. Civil society organisations and other stakeholders provided their recommendations to member states of the UN, to be incorporated into their upcoming review of Malaysia. Global Bersih’s Bala Chelliah represented Pusat KOMAS and SUARAM at the Pre-UPR session, and will be attending the UPR session this November together with Honey Tan (Empower), Rizal Rozhan (COMANGO), Majidah Hashim (Sisters in Islam), Andrew Khoo (Bar Council), Ryan Chua (Pusat KOMAS) and Alice Mathew (SEPA) and Jerald Joseph (SUHAKAM)
WHAT IS THE TIMETABLE FOR MALAYSIA’S REVIEWS AND ADOPTION AND DISTRIBUTION OF REPORTS FROM THE UPR WORKING GROUP 31st SESSION?
Thursday, 8 November 2018 (Geneva time), 14h30 – 18h00, Review of Malaysia
Tuesday, 13 November 2018 (Geneva time), 16h00 – 18h00, Adoption of recommendations by Malaysia
The final outcome of the 31st session will be adopted by the plenary of the Human Rights Council at its 40th regular session taking place in Geneva from 3rd to 29th March 2019.
WHERE CAN I WATCH IT ON WEBCAST?
Live webcast link to follow the sessions: http://webtv.un.org/live/