Published: 1 Dec 2008 | By Tatiana Chernikova

The Universal Periodic Review mechanism of the UN Human Rights Council- a hope for universal coverage and equal treatment of states?


The UN Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review is based upon the human rights instruments to which a state is party, voluntary pledges and commitments made by states, and applicable international humanitarian law. Drawing information from multiple sources, it results in the production of a 40-page report about each member state’s human rights record. Whilst it is a positive mechanism in many respects, there remain a number of disadvantages, including the lack of a clear follow-up mechanism.

In this article, Tatiana Chernikova considers both the advantages and drawbacks of the UPR, and its utility in improving the human rights situation in individual states. To find out more, click on the link below.