Guyana’s human rights record will be examined by the UN Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic
Review (UPR) Working Group for the second time tomorrow in a meeting that will be webcast live.
Guyana is one of the 14 States to be reviewed by the UPR Working Group during the sessions that began on January 19 and continues to January 30 in Geneva, Switzerland.
Guyana’s delegation will be headed by Carolyn Rodrigues-Birkett, Minister of Foreign Affairs. The three country representatives serving as rapporteurs (“troika”) for the review of Guyana are Ethiopia, Portugal and Venezuela, according to a statement from the UN office in Guyana.
Guyana’s first UPR review took place on May 11, 2010.
The documents on which the reviews are based include the national report – information provided by the state under review; information contained in the reports of independent human rights experts and groups, known as the special procedures, human rights treaty bodies, and other UN entities and information provided by other stakeholders including national human rights institutions, regional organizations and civil society groups.
Among the issues raised in the above-mentioned documents, are addressing negative stereotypes against women; addressing discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity; decriminalising same-sex consensual relations; tackling violence against LGBT persons; addressing alleged police abuses, including unlawful killings, torture and ill-treatment; combatting all acts of violence against women and girls and supporting victims; abolishing the death penalty; prohibiting corporal punishment; access to clean water and sanitation; reducing maternal and infant mortality rates; access by women and girls to reproductive and HIV health services; reducing school dropout rates among girls; improving literacy rates; and Amerindian land rights and mining activities in indigenous traditional territories.
According to the UN, the UPR is a unique process which involves a periodic review of the human rights records of all 193 UN member states. Since its first meeting was held in April 2008, all 193 UN member States have been reviewed during the first UPR cycle and 112 thus far during the second cycle.
The second review of states aims to highlight human rights developments in the country since its first review and provides an opportunity for states under review to spell out steps taken to implement recommendations posed during their first reviews.
The webcast of the session will be at http://webtv.un.org.
The UPR Working Group is scheduled to adopt the recommendations of Guyana at 17.30 on Friday.
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