Universal Periodic Review - 16th session
The sixteenth session of the Human Rights Council's Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Working Group took place in Geneva from 22 April to 3 May. The UPR mechanism is a unique, states driven process which involves a review of human rights records of all UN Member States.
During this session, 14 States had their human rights records examined. These 14 states were Turkmenistan, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Colombia, Uzbekistan, Tuvalu, Germany, Djibouti, Canada, Bangladesh, the Russian Federation, Azerbaijan, Cameroon, and Cuba.
Iceland participated by delivering oral recommendations during interactive dialouges with four states: Cape Verde, Colombia, Canada and the Russian federation.The recommendations were all delivered by Mr. Martin Eyjólfsson Iceland's Ambassador to the UN and other international organizations in Geneva. When the states were chosen, Iceland's historic relations to the countries were kept in mind, e.g. in terms of trade, development and/or other common interests.
The recommendations by Iceland focused e.g. on combatting violence against women and children, protection of children, promoting the rights of LGBT persons, gender equality and trade unionism (in the case of Colombia).
The statements can be accessed below: