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A general view of the Human Rights Council meeting
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Information and guidelines for relevant stakeholders on the Universal Periodic Review mechanism

Human Rights Council (HRC) (2008)


: UN - United Nations

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: OHCHR Civil Society Unit


: 9


: EN

Abstract / Table of Contents


The Universal Periodic Review (UPR), established by General Assembly resolution 60/251 of 15 March 2006, is a new human rights mechanism. Through the UPR, the Human Rights Council (HRC) reviews, on a periodic basis, the fulfillment by each of the United Nations’ 192 Member States of their human rights obligations and commitments. Resolution 60/251 provides that the UPR shall

  • Be based on objective and reliable information of the fulfillment by each State of its human rights obligations and commitments;
  • Be conducted in a manner which ensures universality of coverage and equal treatment with respect to all States;
  • Be a cooperative mechanism, based on an interactive dialogue, with the full involvement of the country concerned and with consideration given to its capacity-building needs; and
  • Complement and not duplicate the work of treaty bodies.


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11 May 2021