- The reviews take place in the working group which has the same composition as the Human Rights Council
- The UPR is currently at the beginning of the third cycle and Fourteen States had their outcome reports adopted at the 36th Human Rights Council (HRC) session
- Fourteen other states were reviewed in November 2017
- A two-day workshop for English-speaking States in Africa, has been organized in Entebbe, Uganda, 23 – 24 April, 2018 as part of the review process
Kampala-The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) is to be carried out on Uganda as a UN member state to review the human rights records.
The UPR was created through UN General Assembly resolution 60/251, on 15 March 2006 which established the Human Rights Council itself.
It is a State-driven process, conducted under the auspices of the Human Rights Council, and provides the opportunity for each States to report and declare what actions they have taken to improve the human rights situations in their countries.
All 193 States were considered over a period of four years for each cycle. From 2008 to 2011 (first cycle) 2012 to 2016 (second cycle). The third cycle of the UPR is now in progress (2017-2021).
Various reports especially from Uganda Human Rights Commission faulted the police for being top violators of human rights. This has been mainly recorded from the suppression of activities of the opposition political parties and journalists covering events in the country. According to a press release from UN Human Rights Uganda, as part of the process, States put forward recommendations aimed at assisting States under review in improving their human rights situation.
States under review are expected to indicate their position on the recommendations, thus committing to implementing supported recommendations and to report on action taken and the status of implementation of recommendations and voluntary pledges at the subsequent cycle.
The High Commissioner for Human Rights wrote to the respective Foreign Ministers of the member states encouraging them to take action in a number of areas and recommending the establishment of national follow up and implementation mechanisms as well as a better alignment between human rights and development efforts under the leadership of the UNRC.
OHCHR as the Secretariat of the of the HRC and its UPR has been providing technical and capacity support to states on this subject and is continuing to organize a series of sub-regional workshops, to facilitate the sharing of good practices and lessons learned on the various stages of the UPR process – especially follow up action and implementation of recommendations.