Every country that is a member of the United Nations (UN) goes through the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) process. This happens every 4.5 years. The UK is about to examined for the third time as part of the UPR process (3rd cycle).

Timeline for the UK's review

This timeline shows what where the UK is in this 3rd cycle. BIHR’s project is about supporting organisations to get involved in the “NGO submission” stage (NGO or “non-governmental organisation” is another term for a civil society group).

Source: This timeline has been replicated from UPR Info, available here.

BIHR’s project will provide lots of opportunities for civil society groups such as yourselves to get involved and have a say to amplify your views and make them heard in this important international process. Find out more about:

  • Eight events across Great Britain to raise awareness of the process and to gather the views of organisations across the UK in Book your free place here
  • The call for evidence where you can submit your organisation’s views. 
  • The Joint Shadow Report BIHR is coordinating to share the views of civil society with the UN.

Previous reviews of the UK

It is important to find out about the UK’s previous UPR cycles because the UN has said they want focus on whether the recommendations and voluntary pledges from previous cycles have been implemented (as well as finding out about new human rights issues).

You can find information about the UK’s first UPR review here and here

You can find information about the UK’s second UPR review here and here

You can find the Civil Society Joint Shadow Report that BIHR coordinated for the UK’s second cycle review in 2012 here.

Mid-term progress report

You can find the UK government’s 2014 mid-term report on their progress implementing the last set of recommendations here.

In addition, other organisations also reported on the UK’s mid-term progress including:

Some key terms in the UPR

Recommendations are made by the Working Group conducting the UPR of the state. At the UK’s last UPR examination 132 recommendations were made. You can find them here.

Voluntary pledges are commitments made by a State under Review during the UPR to do certain things, for example many states make voluntary pledges to submit a mid-term report on their implementation progress. At the UK’s last UPR examination the government made a voluntary pledge to provide updates through a mid-term report in 2014.