Myanmar’s human rights record to be reviewed by Universal Periodic Review

PhotoofIDPcamp.GENEVA (3 November 2015) – Myanmar’s human rights record will be examined by the UN Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Working Group for the second time on Friday 6 November 2015 in a meeting that will be webcast* live.

Myanmar is one of the 14 States to be reviewed by the UPR Working Group during its upcoming session taking place from 2 to 13 November. Myanmar’s first review took place on 27 January 2011.

The documents on which the reviews are based are: 1) national report - information provided by the State under review 2) information contained in the reports of independent human rights experts and groups, known as the Special Procedures, human rights treaty bodies, and other UN entities; 3) information provided by other stakeholders including national human rights institutions, regional organizations and civil society groups.

Among the issues raised in the above-mentioned documents are: gender equality and the participation of women in the peace process; the setting up of the national human rights commission in accordance with the Paris Principles; restrictions to the right to freedom of expression and peaceful assembly; steps to abolish the death penalty; excessive use of force by the police, arbitrary arrests and detentions and allegations of summary executions; the political and administrative reform process; the independence of the judiciary; children and armed conflict; forced labour; trafficking in women; the situation in prisons and IDP camps; discriminations against Rohingyas and other Muslim populations; widespread sexual violence; freedom of religion; the minimum age of criminal responsibility; and the situation of the stateless population.

The three reports serving as the basis for the review of Myanmar on 6 November can be found here: http://www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/UPR/Pages/MMSession23.aspx

Location: Room 20, Palais des Nations, Geneva

Time and date: 09.00 – 12.30, Friday 6 November (Geneva time, GMT +1 hour)

The UPR is a unique process which involves a periodic review of the human rights records of all 193 UN Member States. Since its first meeting was held in April 2008, all 193 UN member States have been reviewed during the first UPR cycle and 140 thus far during the second cycle. The second review of States aims to highlight human rights developments in the country since its first review and provides an opportunity for States under review to spell out steps taken to implement recommendations posed during their first reviews.

The delegation of Myanmar will be headed by Mr. Tun Shin, Union Attorney General.

The three country representatives serving as rapporteurs (“troika”) for the review of Myanmar are: Ghana, the Maldives and the United States of America.

The webcast of the session will be at http://webtv.un.org

The list of speakers and all available statements to be delivered during the review of Myanmar will be posted on the UPR Extranet at the following link [username: hrc extranet (with space); password: 1session]: https://extranet.ohchr.org/sites/upr/Sessions/23session/Myanmar/Pages/default.aspx

The UPR Working Group is scheduled to adopt the recommendations of Myanmar at 17.30 on 10 November. The State under review may wish you to express its positions on recommendations posed to it during their review. The recommendations will be shared with the media on this day in advance.

ENDS

(*) The webcast of the session will be at http://webtv.un.org

Follow our live Twitter feed at UNHumanRights_SEAsia.

To learn more about the Universal Periodic Review, visit: http://www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/UPR/Pages/UPRMain.aspx

UN Human Rights, country page – Myanmar: http://www.ohchr.org/EN/countries/AsiaRegion/Pages/MMIndex.aspx

For more information and media requests, please contact: - In Geneva: Rolando Gómez at +41 (0) 22 917 9711 / rgomez@ohchr.org or Cédric Sapey at +41 (0) 22 917 9695 / csapey@ohchr.org - In Bangkok: Jeremy Laurence (+66 84 700 4671 / laurencej@un.org)

 

For your news websites and social media: Key messages about our news releases are available on UN Human Rights social media channels, listed below. Please tag us using the proper handles
Twitter: UNHumanRights_SEAsia. Facebook: UN Human Rights - South-East Asia. Google+: unitednationshumanrights. Youtube: unohchr