Universal Periodic Review
The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) is a unique process which
involves a review of the human rights records of all UN Member
States. The UPR is a State-driven process, under the auspices of the
Human Rights Council, which provides the opportunity for each State
to declare what actions they have taken to improve the human rights
situations in their countries and to fulfil their human rights obligations.
As one of the main features of the Council, the UPR is designed to
ensure equal treatment for every country when their human rights
situations are assessed. The ultimate aim of this mechanism is to
improve the human rights situation in all countries and address human
rights violations wherever they occur. Currently, no other universal
mechanism of this kind exists.
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