March 19, 2014
by Dominic Yobbi
UN human rights experts on Tuesday called for a full investigation into the death of Chinese human rights activist Cao Shunli. Cao was an influential human rights lawyer and activist in China who "tirelessly campaigned since 2008 for transparency and greater participation of civil society" in the ...[read more]
September 19, 2012
by Matthew Pomy
Bahraini Foreign Minister Sheikh Khalid Bin Ahmed Bin Mohammed Al Khalifa pledged on Wednesday to fulfill the 158 recommendations included in the UN Universal Periodic Review regarding human rights abuses against political opposition. Al Khalifa said Bahrain would begin accepting peaceful ...[read more]
October 7, 2011
by John Paul Putney
The Sri Lankan Special Envoy of the President on Human Rights, Mahinda Samarasinghe, announced on Thursday the Cabinet of Ministers has adopted the National Action Plan for the Protection and Promotion of Human Rights. The five-year plan fulfills Sri Lanka's pledge made in 2008 as part of the ...[read more]
March 19, 2011
by Erin Bock
The UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) on Friday held a debate and adopted the outcomes from its Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of the US. The review provided the US with 228 recommendations in 10 different areas regarding human rights policies and practices. Harold Hongju Koh, a representative of ...[read more]
November 9, 2010
by Maureen Cosgrove
The UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) issued recommendations Tuesday for the US to align its human rights policies and practices with international standards. The recommendations stem from the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of the US government's human rights record before the UNHRC in Geneva. The ...[read more]
November 5, 2010
by Brian Jackson
The US government's human rights record came under criticism Friday during the country's first Universal Periodic Review (UPR) by the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC). Among the criticisms leveled at the US were the treatment of detainees at Guantanamo Bay, the practice of rendition, the embargo ...[read more]
March 1, 2010
by Andrew Wood
Claire Kaplun: The Universal Periodic Review of the Human Rights Council is an innovative mechanism under which each of the United Nations 192 Member States is periodically (once every four years) reviewed. At this occasion, the fulfillment of the concerned country's obligations and commi... ...[read more]
December 8, 2009
by Jaclyn Belczyk
The North Korean delegation to the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) defended North Korea's human rights record Monday while presenting a report in compliance with the UNHRC's Universal Periodic Review (UPR) process. Ambassador Ri Tcheul denied allegations of torture and claimed that serious m... ...[read more]
February 12, 2009
by Andrew Morgan
A report issued Wednesday by the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) commended China's developmental progress, while urging the nation to share best practices in poverty reduction and to improve the national standard of living. The report follows China's evaluation under the Universal Periodic R... ...[read more]
February 11, 2009
by Devin Montgomery
US State Department spokesperson Robert Wood on Tuesday defended the silence of the US delegates during the UN Human Rights Council Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of potential rights abuses, saying that the US is not actively participatingbecause the administration of President Barack Obama... ...[read more]

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