Universal Periodic Review

Justice Centre Hong Kong is helping to facilitate civil society advocacy for the Third Cycle United Nations Universal Periodic Review (UPR) for China, as it relates to Hong Kong.

The UPR is a unique process which involves a review of the human rights records of all UN Member States. The UPR is a State-driven process, under the auspices of the Human Rights Council, which provides the opportunity for each State to declare what actions they have taken to improve the human rights situations in their countries and to fulfil their human rights obligations.

The Hong Kong UPR Coalition (the Coalition) was founded in 2017 to assist the UPR process. The Coalition is guided by a Steering Committee, which includes; Civil Human Rights Front (民間人權陣線), Disabilities CV (殘疾資歷生活館), Hong Kong Society for Asylum Seekers and Refugees (香港尋求庇護者及難民協會), Hong Kong Watch, Justice Centre Hong Kong, Les Corner (女角平權協作組), PEN Hong Kong (香港筆會), Pink Alliance (粉紅同盟) and Planet Ally.

Civil society organisations (CSOs) that achieve maximum impact at the UPR tend to be those working in coalitions. Building a stronger coalition helps to safeguard meaningful civil society influence on the UPR process. A critical factor to the success of the UPR is the level of engagement and involvement from civil society as a whole. This is particularly important in Hong Kong, given concerns with the deteriorating human rights and rule of law environment.

For regular updates on the UPR process and the work of the Hong Kong UPR Coalition, please see Facebook and Twitter. For more detailed queries, please email simon@justicecentre.org.hk or annie@justicecentre.org.hk.

Key Dates
27 March 2018: Deadline for sign on to joint submission
29 March 2018: Civil society reports due
July 2018: National Report deadline
Early November 2018: UPR session on China, including Hong Kong & Macau, at the United Nations in Geneva
December 2018-January 2019: Adoption of the Outcomes Report

What can your CSO do?
• Endorse the joint submission
• Follow, share and like posts on the Hong Kong UPR Coalition Facebook or Twitter
• Contact Steering Committee members with questions about the UPR process

Relevant Documents
• Joint draft submission of the Hong Kong UPR Coalition – English | Chinese
Factsheet on the UPR as it applies to Hong Kong

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