France: Seven youth from the East Asia Province at l’Hermitage during the Dare to Dream festival
There begins in May the second round of the Universal Periodic Review of the United Nations Human Rights’ Council (Geneva, Switzerland). All the 193 Member States participated in the first round, including South Sudan, the most recent nation to join the UN. The Universal Periodic Review is a process that involves a review of the human rights records of all UN Member States every four and a half years, providing a comprehensive map of the human rights situation around the globe. During the second round, States will be reporting on progress in implementing the recommendations made after the first assessment. In other words – according to many – this will be the “moment of truth”.
The second round of the UPR will open an important phase for FMSI’s work. In fact, the UPR is the main tool used by FMSI in Geneva for advocating the Rights of the Child together with its partners. More specifically, FMSI can work with people in their own country in preparing submissions to the UPR, besides other UN Human Rights monitoring mechanisms such as the Committee on the Rights of the Child.
Several countries where there the Marist Brothers have a presence will be reviewed during 2012 or early 2013. Note the following schedule and list of countries.
List of Countries with a Marist Presence
13th: June 2012
Algeria, Brazil, Ecuador, India, Netherlands, Philippines, South Africa, United Kingdom
14th: October 2012
Argentina, Ghana, Guatemala, Japan, Pakistan, Peru, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Zambia
15th: January– February 2013
NGO submissions for the UPR must be sent to the UN Secretariat no later than 6 months before the review. Hence, any Marist Province wishing to work with FMSI to submit a report on their country will need to begin preparing for its submission nine months ahead of the UPR of that country.
Please note that for the 15th UPR Session the draft submission must be handed in to the staff of the FMSI Geneva Office by 1st May 2012.
Read more on the Universal Periodic Review (http://www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/UPR/Pages/UPRMain.aspx)
Read more on the Universal Periodic Review – Second Round http://www.ohchr.org/EN/NewsEvents/Pages/AglobalhumanrightsmapUPRgoesintoitssecondround.aspx)