UN Human Rights Council: Universal Periodic Review


The UN Universal Periodic Review (UPR) is the principal international mechanism to facilitate the examination of a country’s human rights record every five years.

Consultations before and after engaging with the UPR provide a valuable opportunity for civil society to come together to discuss effective strategies for the process. They can also create a space for civil society to collectively discuss potential strategies to influence and monitor the implementation of UPR recommendations.

What’s in the tool

Toolkit 1: Pre-UPR consultations:

A collection of possible activities civil society can consider undertaking during pre-UPR consultations, including: 

  • creating a civil society UPR coalition;
  • developing joint civil society UPR submissions;
  • engaging with the government;
  • Reaching out to the international community;
  • raising awareness about the UPR; and
  • following up at the UN Human Rights Council.

Toolkit 2: Post-UPR consultations:

Specific actions civil society groups can pursue during post-UPR consultations including: 

  • encouraging State acceptance of recommendations;
  • disseminating of the UPR outcome;
  • developing a civil society outcome charter;
  • following up with the national government;
  • engaging with the international community; and
  • continued joint monitoring of UPR recommendations.