Universal Periodic Review

Overview

The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) is a process within the United Nations wherein all 192 member states are reviewed every four years for their implementation and adherence to human rights treaties. The UPR is driven by member states under the guidance of the Human Rights Council. During the review, countries have the opportunity to declare what actions they have implemented to meet their human rights obligations.

Canada’s review took place in early 2009. The reviewing body heard from government and NGO representatives on Canada’s domestic implementation of its human rights commitments. FAFIA made a submission to the UPR and urged the Human Rights Council to attend particularly to Canada’s compliance with treaty obligations to respect, protect and fulfill the human rights of women in Canada.

After hearing from governments and NGOs, the Council makes recommendations to the member state, after which, the state must respond to which recommendations it will recognize. Canada responded to the recommendations in June 2009.

To see FAFIA’s submission to the UPR click here.

To see a full list of the recommendations and Canada’s response to each, click here.

To read Canada’s response to the UPR recommendations, click here.

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