Universal Periodic Review (UPR)
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.
Universal Periodic Review (UPR) cycle
The UPR cycle is currently at stage 4: Government implements recommendations.
1. Stakeholders report on progress
2. UN reviews the evidence
3. UN publishes recommendations
- UPR Working Group adopted recommendations to the UK in Geneva on Tuesday 9 May 2017 (video of the 27th Session of Universal Periodic Review)
- UK government response to recommendations
4. Government implements recommendations
- search the human rights tracker for UPR recommendations
- the government’s next, voluntary update report was expected in Sept 2019
- In September 2019 EHRC published its own mid-term report