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Universal Periodic Review

The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) is an intergovernmental mechanism of regular assessment of human rights situations in UN Member States. Established by the UN General Assembly in 2006, the UPR is one of the innovations stemming from the creation of the Human Rights Council.

The fact that all states are repeatedly – every 4 and a half years – subject to such human rights scrutiny by other countries and civil society stakeholders makes the UPR procedure unique and instrumental in protecting and monitoring human rights worldwide. An important added value of the UPR is that it brings into the limelight also countries which are for various reasons seldom subject to HRC discussions but whose dire human rights record deserves attention of the international community.

All states had already been at least twice subject to the UPR. The third review round is on-going. The human rights situation in the Czech Republic was reviewed in 2008, 2012 and 2017. The fourth UPR of the Czech Republic is planned for 2022. The Czech Republic is one of the most active countries in the UPR process.

The UPR is conducted by a Working group of the Human Rights Council three times a year (usually 14 countries in one session) and is based on information provided by the state under review, relevant UN human rights bodies and other stakeholders such as national human rights institutions and NGOs. During the UPR Working Group session, states make recommendations the country under review and ask questions on various human rights problems. The state under scrutiny either accepts or rejects the recommendations made. However, the UPR process is a voluntary exercise and there is no mechanism enforcing the implementation of recommendations the country in question endorsed.   

UPR40: The Czech Republic will participate in the review of human rights in UN member states

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The 40th Session of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR), a mechanism examining human right situation in all UN Member States, takes place from 24 January to 4 February 2022. The Czech Republic will engage in reviews of eight countries. more ►

UPR 39: Czech Republic to engage in the review of the human rights situations in UN Member States

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The 39th Session of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR), a mechanism examining human right situation in all UN Member States, takes place from 1 to 12 November 2021. The Czech Republic will engage in reviews of seven countries. more ►

UPR38: Czechia to engage in the review of the human rights situations in UN Member States

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The 38th Session of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR), a mechanism examining human right situation in all UN Member States, takes place from 3 to 14 May. Czechia will engage in reviews of 9 countries. more ►

UPR37: Czechia to take an active part

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The 37th session of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR), a mechanism examining human rights situations in all UN Member States, is held in Geneva from 18 to 29 January 2021. more ►

UPR36: Czechia continues to participate in the Universal Periodic Review of human rights

On 2 November, the 36th Session of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR), a mechanism examining human rights situations in all UN Member States, begins. Czechia will participate in reviews of 8 countries. more ►

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