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Universal Periodic Review of the UN Human Rights Council

The Universal Periodic Review (UPR)  is a universally recognized mechanism of the UN Human Rights Council, which is an integrated and comprehensive review of the human rights situation in all UN Member States.

The review is carry out by states based on the country’s national report and documents prepared by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights tacking into account the information collected from the UN agencies and various stakeholders. The core of the review are recommendations accepted by states and which the government is ready to work with, in the context of strengthening national capacities and fulfilling international obligations in the field of human rights.

Belarus considers the UPR as a unique mechanism of the Human Rights Council for cooperation and dialogue on human rights issues.

Belarus passed three UPR cycles in 2010, 2015 and 2020.

In the third cycle, our country received 266 recommendations and supported most of them, namely 155 recommendations, which is 58% of the total number. The number of recommendations Belarus was presented with, as well as the number of recommendations that were supported, corresponds with the general trend of the third UPR cycle.

Within the framework of the second cycle of the UPR, human rights cooperation was carried out on the bases of the first National Human Rights Action Plan for 2016-2019 adopted by a decree of the Council of Ministers of the Republic of Belarus on October 24, 2016 № 860. Based on the results of implementation of the Plan by republican and local public administration bodies and other state organizations, summarized information has been prepared (in Russian only).

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