29.03.2017: Following concerns about lack of access to the UK government's UPR report, raised by both BIHR and Parliament's Joint Committee on Human Rights (see below), we are pleased to confirm that government published it's report this week, and it is available here.

This week the British Institute of Human Rights has formally requested the government publishes its report on the domestic human rights situation, submitted to the UN for the Universal Periodic Review of the UK. BIHR understands that whilst the report was sent to the UN on the 20 February 2017, it has not yet been made publicly accessible in the UK. Parliament’s Joint Committee on Human Rights has also written to the Sir Oliver Heald QC MP at Ministry of Justice to request publication of the report.

The UPR is a unique process within the UN system, one the UK has championed. The UPR means every UN member state is subject to a regular review process, providing important scrutiny of human rights promotion and protection across the globe. In preparation for the UK’s review on 4 May 2017, BIHR gathered evidence from 175 groups across Great Britain and submitted a report to the UN in September 2016, which was signed by 75 organisations. Read our Joint Civil Society report and learn more about our engagement work.

Given the UK’s support of the UPR process and the UN’s Human Rights Council, plus government’s commitment to transparency and the public interest in this report, BIHR has requested the Ministry of Justice make the report available immediately.

Read BIHR’s letter to Sir Oliver Heald QC MP, Minister of State: