Human Rights Check UK

The Universal Periodic Review

The British Institute of Human Rights has been running Human Rights Check UK, a project to coordinate and draft the joint civil society report ahead of the United Nations review of the UK's human rights situation at the Universal Periodic Review (UPR).

Read our Joint Civil Society Report, launched on 22 Sept 2016

Below you can find out more about the UPR and BIHR's project to empower civil society groups to be heard in this important international human rights process. Key aspects of this project have been made possible with funding by the Equality and Human Rights Commission.

What is the Universal Periodic Review?

The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) is a key way the United Nations (UN) reviews and seeks to improve the human rights situations of all the 193 countries (States) that are members of the UN. The UPR is run through a part of the UN called the Human Rights Council (HRC). 

The HRC is made up of 47 States that are members of the UN. These 47 members are elected by the General Assembly of the UN for three year terms, and represent the different geographic regions of the world. The HRC is a key UN body working on the protection and promotion of human rights across the globe. Find out more about the HRC here

As part of the UPR process every country’s human rights situation is reviewed every 4.5 years. This means each year 42 countries are reviewed.

The Review

The review is based on three key documents:

  • The National Report (20 pages) prepared by the State concerned on the human rights situation in its country;
  • A 10-page summary prepared by the OHCHR of the information provided by civil society groups. This is where BIHR’s project comes in because we will be supporting organisations to get skilled up to contribute to a joint report (and/or submit their own reports).

About the call for evidence

As part of the Universal Periodic Review process, we will be drafting a joint civil society shadow report. The report will take into account evidence provided by civil society organisations at eight events held across Great Britain in April and May 2016 as well as evidence submitted following a call for evidence.

The questions we'd like you to answer

1. What human rights issues are of concern to you and your organisation?

(You may want to include information on how the issues came about, when the issues were of concern or whether they are still of concern, and who was affected. You may also want to include information on any obstacles or challenges you and your organisation faced in dealing with these issues.)

2. What steps have been taken since to improve the situation?

3. What do you think the government should be doing on this issue?

(This includes the UK government, the Scottish and Welsh government if relevant, and any other public bodies such as local authorities or the police.)

4. If you could tell the government one thing about human rights, what would it be?

How to get in touch

Submit to the call for evidence in three ways:

1. Using our online submission form

You can use this form to make your submission. 

2. By email

You can use our template to make your submission and email it to [email protected]

3. By post

You can use our template to make your submission and send it by post to:

Human Rights Check UK
c/o British Institute of Human Rights
School of Law,
Queen Mary University of London,
Mile End Road,
E1 4NS

When is the deadline?

The deadline for the call for evidence is Thursday 30 June 2016.

What happens next?

Once the call for evidence has closed, we will analyse your responses and collate them into a joint shadow report. We'll update the Human Rights Check UK website and our blog with our progress.

Submitting your own report

In addition to submitting to our call for evidence, your organisation can submit its own report to the UPR process. You can find more information about how to do this on OHCHR's website.