The United Nations in Geneva informs that Saint Lucia’s rights record will be scrutinised at its Universal Periodic Review (UPR) in November, 2015.
United and Strong profited the opportunity in October, to attend UPR pre-sessional meetings at the UN, following the organisation’s submission of UPR reports for Saint Lucia and St. Kitts. The UPR pre-sessional meetings bring together permanent missions, national human rights institutions and civil society organisations to discuss the human rights situation of states one month prior to their reviews at the UPR working group.
The organisation’s representative also engaged state representatives on a range of human rights issues. Included among these issues were matters relating to women, sexual orientation, children (in particular corporal punishment) and Saint Lucia’s commitment to its international obligations.
Estelle George noted, “This event was indeed successful in that U&S was able to meaningfully engage over 20 states to advocate recommendations to be put to Saint Lucia during its upcoming UPR review in November 2015.”
Find the United Nation’s official press release on the review below.
GENEVA (2 November 2015) – Saint Lucia’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 Thursday 5 November 2015 in a meeting that will be webcast live.
Saint Lucia 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. Saint Lucia’s first review took place on 25 January 2011.
The documents on which the reviews are based are: 1) national report – information provided by the State under review 2) compilation of 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) summary of 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: the need for strengthening the human rights legislative framework and institutional infrastructure, including the establishment of an independent national human rights monitoring mechanism, the increase of gang homicides and gang related activities, issues affecting the LGBT community, gender equality policies and discrimination against women, excessive use of force by law enforcement and cases of extra-judicial killings, steps to combat gender and domestic violence, the minimum age of criminal responsibility, the poverty situation and steps to abolish the death penalty.
The three reports serving as the basis for the review of Saint Lucia on 5 November can be found here: http://www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/UPR/Pages/LCSession23.aspx
Location: Room 20, Palais des Nations, Geneva
Time and date: 09.00 – 12.30, Thursday 5 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 Saint Lucia will be headed by Ms. Menissa Rambally, Permanent Representative of Saint Lucia to the United Nations The three country representatives serving as rapporteurs (“troika”) for the review of Saint Lucia are: Ethiopia, Ireland and Brazil.
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 Saint Lucia 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/SaintLucia/Pages/default.aspx
The UPR Working Group is scheduled to adopt the recommendations of Saint Lucia at 16.30 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.
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