On 4 May 2017 the UK’s human rights record will be examined by the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva. The UK’s overall human rights record was last reviewed by the UN Human Rights Council in 2012, which resulted in 132 recommendations for improvement.
The UK Government published its National Report to the UN on 27 March 2017, which includes the Government’s summary of its response to the recommendations made after the last review. The Joint Committee on Human Rights will hold a one-off evidence session on 26 April 2017 to hear views on the UK’s human rights record and to question the Government about aspects of the UK’s National Report.
The Committee will hear from representatives of civil society organisations from England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, and from the leaders of the UK’s three National Human Rights Institutions (the Equality and Human Rights Commission, the Scottish Human Rights Commission and the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission). The Committee will also question the UK Government’s Human Rights Minister.
Or watch the UPR livestream on 4 May, 8-11am.