Aug 2016 12 – 13

National Consultation towards Third Universal Periodic Review

India International Centre, New Delhi

The National Human Rights Commission is holding a national consultation in the run-up to the third Universal Periodic Review, to examine India’s human rights record in the period between 2012 and 2016.

Nayantara Ranganathan from the Internet Democracy Project will be attending the consultation.

The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) is a mechanism of the Human Rights Council (HRC) aimed at improving the human rights situation on the ground of each of the 193 United Nations member States.

As part of the UPR process, National Human Rights Institutions like the National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) are allowed to make general comments at the plenary session of the Human Rights Council. In order to prepare such general comments and supporting reports on the human rights situation in India, the NHRC is organising this consultation. The consultation will also touch upon the outcomes of five regional consultations held across the country.

The consultation is designed for discussion in working groups on recommendations accepted by the government of India in the previous (second) cycle of the UPR, as well as possible recommendations for the upcoming review. The working groups will be- (i) Civil and Political Rights, (ii) Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and (iii) Rights of Women and Children.

More information about the UPR process can be found here.