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Afghanistan’s Human Rights Record to be Reviewed by UPR: UNHCR

GENEVA – Afghanistan’s human rights record will be examined by the UN Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Working Group for the third time on Monday, 21 January 2019 in a meeting that will be webcasted live, UN Human Rights Council said in a statement.
“Afghanistan is one of the 14 States to be reviewed by the UPR Working Group during its upcoming session taking place from 21 January to 1 February. Afghanistan’s first and second reviews took place in May 2009 and January 2014, respectively,” the statement added.
The UNHCR revealed that the review documents are based on the national report, independent human rights groups and expert reports, UN entities, and information disclosed by other stakeholders that might include national or regional human rights institutions and civil society groups.
According to UNHCR statement, 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 11 years ago, all 193 UN member States have been reviewed twice within the first and second UPR cycles.
During the upcoming UPR cycle, UN States members are again expected to spell out steps they have taken to implement recommendations posed during their previous reviews which they committed to follow-up on, as well as to highlight recent human rights improvement in the country.
The delegation of Afghanistan will be headed by Mr. Salahuddin Rabbani, Minister of Foreign Affairs.
The UNHCR statement said: ”The three country representatives serving as rapporteurs (“troika”) for the review of Afghanistan are: Iceland, Nigeria and the Philippines.”
The list of speakers and all available statements to be delivered during the review of Afghanistan will be posted on the UPR Extranet link.
It is highlighted that the UPR Working Group is scheduled to adopt the recommendations made to Afghanistan at 15.30 on 25 January.
(Sahar News)

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