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 Watch, Justice Centre Hong Kong, Les Corner Empowerment Association (女角平權協作組), PEN Hong Kong (香港筆會), Pink Alliance (粉紅同盟), Planet Ally and The Hong Kong Society for Asylum-Seekers and Refugees (香港尋求庇護者及難民協會).
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Human Rights Council Submission 人權理事會意見書
• 7 May 2018: Hong Kong Government consultation ends
• July 2018: National Report deadline
• 9am to 12:30pm, 6 November 2018 (Geneva time): 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?
• Follow, share and like posts on the Hong Kong UPR Coalition Facebook or Twitter
• Contact Steering Committee members with questions about the UPR process
Submission to the Hong Kong Constitutional and Mainland Affairs Bureau in response to its consultation English (May 7, 2018)
Submission to the Panel on Constitutional Affairs of the Hong Kong Legislative Council English (Apr 20, 2018)
Submission to OHCHR on the Role of the Hong Kong Legislative Council in the Human Rights Council and UPR English (Jan 15, 2018)
UPR Info Pre-Session Hearing Statement English (Oct 9, 2018)
UPR Info Pre-Session PowerPoint Presentation English (Oct 9, 2018)
Speech of Spokesperson Simon Henderson for the Panel on Constitutional Affairs of the Hong Kong Legislative Council English (Apr 30, 2018)
Access to Information
Asylum Seekers and Refugees
Basic Law Interpretations
Business and Human Rights and Labour Rights
Disability Rights – Education, Employment, Access to Information
Disability Rights – Legal Capacity, Police Powers and Institutionalisation
Engagement with Civil Society
Freedom of Assembly Rights and Public Order Ordinance
Freedom of Expression
Migrant Domestic Workers
National Human Rights Institutions and Human Rights Legislation
Protection of Human Rights Defenders
Right to Adequate Housing
Right to Health
Right to Social Security
Use of Force by Police and Police Complaints