Engaging parliaments on the promotion of human rights including on the work of the Human Rights Council and its Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Virtual workshop for committees in charge of human rights of the Parliaments of the Caribbean and Canada, Africa and Europe, Members of the Commonwealth, organized by the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), the Commonwealth Secretariat (ComSec) and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, (13-14 July 2020)

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GA 74, Side event “Increasing parliaments’ engagement with human rights”

HRC 41 Side event - Parliament engagement on human rights: identifying good practices and new opportunities for action

Pursuant to Human Rights Council resolution 35/29, OHCHR has prepared report A/HRC/38/25 "Contribution of parliaments to the work of the Human Rights Council and its universal periodic review", which is based on the study conducted in close cooperation with the Inter-Parliamentary Union and in consultation with States, United Nations agencies and other relevant stakeholders, on how to promote and enhance synergies between parliaments and the work of the Human Rights Council and its universal periodic review. Annex 1 of the report contains the draft principles on parliaments and human rights principles (EnglishFrench and Arabic, courtesy translation by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Mediterranean - PAM).

In February 2019, the PAM unanimously adopted a resolution (English, French, and Arabic) encouraging the parliamentarians to be involved in the preparation of the national reports submitted to the Human Rights Council in the framework of the UPR, or to human rights treaty bodies; be part of the national delegation participating in universal periodic review and treaty body interactive dialogues; to participate within any national coordination mechanism for reporting and follow up, to be involved in the development of national human rights action plans for the implementation of the recommendations; to participate in mid-term reports; to hold meetings with their governments to better participate in the UPR process and to meet with human rights mechanisms representatives, such as special rapporteurs, during their country visits.

In preparation of the report, a questionnaire was circulated to all member states requesting information (see the templates in EnglishFrench and Spanish). The replies received provided a useful overview of current practices around the world.

To reflect upon the findings of the report and share good practices on parliament’s engagement with human rights and possible next steps, OHCHR and the Inter-Parliamentary Union organized a side event "Increasing parliaments’ engagement with human rights" which  took place on 28 June 2018 in the framework of the 38th session of the Human Rights Council
(see more details on the side event in English and  French; intervention by Ambassador Gerhard Putman Cramer, PAM Observer to the UN and other organization in Geneva).

Summary of the OHCHR-IPU HRC 38 Side-event held on 28 June 2018

Joint Statement by the Core-Group on the Contribution of Parliaments to the Work of the Human Rights Council and its UPR:

On 19 September 2018, at the 39th Session of Human Rights Council , under the general debate of item 5, a joint statement on Parliaments and Human Rights was made by Ecuador on behalf of the core group: Italy, Maldives Morocco, Philippines, Romania, and Spain.