Belarus’ human rights record to be reviewed by Universal Periodic Review

GENEVA (30 April 2015) – Belarus’ human rights record will be examined by the UN Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Working Group for the second time on Monday 4 May 2015 in a meeting that will be webcast live.  Belarus is one of the 14 States to be reviewed by the UPR Working Group during its upcoming session taking place from 4 to 15 May. Belarus’ first review took place on 12 May 2010. The documents on which the reviews are based are: 1) national report — information provided by the State under review 2) information contained in the reports of independent human rights experts and groups, known as the Special Procedures, human rights treaty bodies, and other UN entities; 3) information provided by other stakeholders including national human rights institutions, regional organizations and civil society groups.

GENEVA (30 April 2015) – Belarus’ human rights record will be examined by the UN Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Working Group for the second time on Monday 4 May 2015 in a meeting that will be webcast live.

Belarus is one of the 14 States to be reviewed by the UPR Working Group during its upcoming session taking place from 4 to 15 May. Belarus’ first review took place on 12 May 2010.

The documents on which the reviews are based are: 1) national report — information provided by the State under review 2) information contained in the reports of independent human rights experts and groups, known as the Special Procedures, human rights treaty bodies, and other UN entities; 3) information provided by other stakeholders including national human rights institutions, regional organizations and civil society groups.

Among the issues raised in the above–mentioned documents are:  accession to the CRPD; creating a national human rights institution; cooperation with and the functioning of civil society; achieving the MDGs; freedom of expression, association, assembly and the press; the Law on Mass Events; the safety of journalists; arbitrary detention and enforced disappearances; alleged reprisals against human rights defenders; abolishing the death penalty; prohibiting torture and investigating all such acts; prison conditions and the rights of detainees; rights related to the family and its protection; combatting domestic violence and violence and discrimination against women; combatting trafficking in persons; discrimination against LGBT persons; reducing maternal mortality; and protecting the rights of the child.

The three reports serving as the basis for the review of Belarus on 4 May can be found here :http://www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/UPR/Pages/BYSession22.aspx

Location: Room 20, Palais des Nations, Geneva

Time and date: 09.00 – 12.30, Monday 4 May (Geneva time, GMT +1 hour)

The UPR is a unique process which involves a periodic review of the human rights records of all 193 UN Member States.  Since its first meeting was held in April 2008, all 193 UN member States have been reviewed during the first UPR cycle and 126 thus far during the second cycle.  The second review of States aims to highlight human rights developments in the country since its first review and provides an opportunity for States under review to spell out steps taken to implement recommendations posed during their first reviews. 

The delegation of Belarus will be headed by Valentin Rybakov.

The three country representatives serving as rapporteurs (“troika”) for the review of Belarus are:  Algeria, Pakistan and Paraguay

The webcast of the session will be at http://webtv.un.org

The list of speakers and all available statements to be delivered during the review of Belarus will be posted on the UPR Extranet at the following link [username:  hrc extranet (with space); password: 1session]: https://extranet.ohchr.org/sites/upr/Sessions/22session/Belarus/Pages/default.aspx

The UPR Working Group is scheduled to adopt the recommendations of Belarus at 15.00 on 8 May.  The State under review may wish you to express its positions on recommendations posed to it during their review. The recommendations will be shared with the media on this day in advance.   

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