Today, public organizations and institutions of Ukraine present the alternative reports as a part of the Universal Periodic Review – the world’s largest monitoring mechanism for the observance of human rights.
As a part of this review, each UN member country must report to other countries and receive a critical assessment of its report. Last time, Ukraine reported in Geneva in 2012. Then our state received 145 recommendations. Of these, Ukraine took into account 115 recommendations and partly took into account 3 recommendations.
As reported by reporter of the Human Rights Information Centre.
Valeriya Lutkovska, Ukrainian Parliament Commissioner for Human Rights, said before the presentations that the UPR is a roadmap on how to improve the situation with human rights.
“The Universal Periodic Review is always developed jointly by the government and civil society. On the one hand, civil society should lend a helping hand to the government. But on the other, should express its own position when the government has not completed”, - noted Lutkovska.
She added that the UPR is a platform for cooperation, as well as indicator of how effective it is.
ALTERNATIVE UPR REPORTS by reference HERE.
In turn, Serhiy Petukhov, Deputy Justice Minister of Ukraine, promised that the government will submit its preliminary report about two months later, in order to transfer it to Geneva on time before August 10.
“The Ministry of Justice is the coordinating ministry, which means that our ministry communicates with civil society the most and receives wishes, reproaches and curses from the civil society. And we try to pay attention to these wishes. This job is not new for us. I have not managed to read all the recommendations yet, this takes time. But, while looking through I saw a lot of obsolete processes and this is something new to us. All of this will be taken into account”, - said Petukhov.
For the record, only representative of the Ministry of Justice was present from the government, although 12 governmental structures were invited. In addition to the Ministry of Justice, the Ministry of Culture, the Ministry of Information Policy and the Security Service of Ukraine were also registered. However, none among them took the floor to comment on the information they heard.
The presentation of alternative reports was held with the support of the United Nations Development Program in Ukraine and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark.
The UPR is a human rights monitoring system of the UN Human Rights Council. It is aimed at improving the human rights situation in each of the 193 countries that are members of the UN. As part of this initiative, the UN Member States directly check each other for observance of human rights.
The UPR was created through the UN General Assembly on 15 March 2006 by resolution 60/251, which established the Human Rights Council itself. The resolution states that “the review shall be a cooperative mechanism, based on an interactive dialogue, with the full involvement of the country concerned, such a mechanism shall complement and not duplicate the work of treaty bodies”.
As a part of the UPR, the UN Human Rights Council reviews each of the 193 UN Member States every four years. 48 Member States are reviewed each year. The reviews take place during the sessions of the UPR Working Group (see below) which meets three times a year. In addition, the UPR is an ongoing process, countries must monitor how they observe human rights throughout the four years.
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