Universal Periodic Review (UPR)

UN treaty

The UK takes part in the Universal Periodic Review (UPR). This is a peer review process conducted by the UN Human Rights Council to assess the human rights situation in every UN Member State.

The UPR assesses the extent to which states are putting human rights into practice, looking at each state’s human rights obligations as set out in:

How the UPR is monitored

Under the UPR, the human rights situation of every UN Member State is reviewed every 5 years. The review is conducted by the UPR Working Group, which consists of the 47 members of the UN Human Rights Council. Find out more about the previous review cycles.

There are four stages in the UPR cycle. Civil society organisations can engage throughout this process. The UN has information on how to participate on its website. Further information on the UPR cycle and civil society participation can also be found on UPR Info.

Last updated on 18/09/2019