The British Institute of Human Rights has been awarded funding from the Equality and Human Rights Commission to coordinate and draft a joint civil society report ahead of the review of the United Kingdom at the United Nations (UN) Universal Periodic Review (UPR). The UPR is a key way the UN reviews, and seeks to improve, the human rights situations of all 193 member countries.

Over the next three months, BIHR will be delivering workshops across England, Scotland and Wales to support civil society organisations to prepare reports which will be considered when the UK is under review in 2017. We will also be collecting evidence from civil society organisations on human rights issues to feed into a joint report, to which all civil society organisations across England, Scotland and Wales will be encouraged to sign up. More details about our work on the UPR process and how to get involved can be found here and planned event locations can be found here.

Stephen Bowen, Director of The British Institute of Human Rights, said:

“The British Institute of Human Rights is pleased to be working again with the Equality and Human Rights Commission to ensure that the voice of civil society is heard on the global stage as the UK’s human rights record comes under review at the United Nations in 2017. This is an important opportunity to reflect on how the UK measures up in upholding universal human rights standards.”

Andrea Murray, Director of Human Rights at the Equality and Human Rights Commission, said:

“The Universal Periodic Review is a unique opportunity to assess the state of human rights in the UK and it is very important that a wide range of civil society organisations take part. We would particularly like to encourage LGB and T and older people’s organisations to use this opportunity, as they do not have their own specific human rights treaty.  

We are pleased that The British Institute of Human Rights will be leading this engagement project. Work like this helps us all to realise our rights and to make Britain a fairer place.”