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Papua New Guinea’s human rights record to be examined by Universal Periodic Review

GENEVA (1 November 2021) – Papua New Guinea’s human rights record will be examined by the UN Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Working Group for the third time on Thursday, 4 November 2021, in a meeting to be webcast live.

Papua New Guinea is one of the States to be reviewed by the UPR Working Group during its upcoming session from 1 to 12 November*. Papua New Guinea’s first and second UPR reviews took place in May 2011 and May 2016, respectively.

The reviews are based on information provided by:

  • the State under review
  • independent human rights experts and groups (known as the Special Procedures), human rights treaty bodies, and other UN entities
  • national human rights institutions, regional organizations, civil society groups and other stakeholders

The three reports that serve as the basis for the review of Papua New Guinea on 4 November can be found here.

Location: Room XX (Room 20), Palais des Nations, Geneva [NB: Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the meeting will be held using a combination of in-person and remote participation, and media representatives are encouraged to follow the proceedings on the webcast.]

Time and date: 09.00 – 12.30, Thursday, 4 November (Geneva time, GMT +1 hour)

The UPR is a unique process that involves a periodic review of the human rights records of all 193 UN Member States. Since its first meeting in April 2008, all 193 UN member States have been reviewed twice within the first and second UPR cycles. During the third UPR cycle, States are again expected to spell out steps they have taken to implement recommendations posed during their previous reviews and highlight recent human rights developments in the country.

The three country representatives serving as rapporteurs (“troika”) for the review of Papua New Guinea are Eritrea, Venezuela and Fiji.

The webcast of the session will be at http://webtv.un.org

The list of speakers and all available statements delivered during the review of Papua New Guinea will be posted on the UPR Extranet

The UPR Working Group is scheduled to adopt the recommendations made to Papua New Guinea at 16.30 on Tuesday, 9 November. Papua New Guinea may wish to express its positions on recommendations posed to it during its review.  

*The 39th session of the UPR was scheduled for May 2021 and postponed due to COVID-19 measures.


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To learn more about the Universal Periodic Review, visit: www.ohchr.org/hrc/upr

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