Kyiv, March 2 (Interfax-Ukraine) – The second cycle of the Universal Periodic Review on human rights in Ukraine will be presented in October 2012, the Ukrainian government envoy to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), Valeria Lutkovska, has said.
During a press conference in Kyiv on Friday she said that experts from the United Nations have an opportunity to assess the situation with human rights in Ukraine, taking into account the evaluations of their colleagues from public organizations and state agencies.
“Thus the government will have a chance to receive recommendations on how to improve various areas,” she said.
According to Lutkovska, the review is aimed at improving the situation with the observation of human rights observation in the UN member states.
In turn, UN Human Rights Officer Marc Bojanic added that the Universal Periodic Review is a complex of practices, duties and obligations in the sphere of human rights in all member states of the UN drawn up every four years. According to him, it is important that this review is not limited to information submitted by state agencies. The review will be based on the results of extended consultations with the participation of non-governmental organizations.
“I would like to stress that the UN will continue its active participation in the process of the universal periodic review. The UN will provide Ukraine with the necessary support for a complex and objective review of its situation with human rights,” he said.
The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) is a unique process which involves a review of the human rights records of all 193 UN Member States once every four years. The UPR is a state-driven process, under the auspices of the Human Rights Council, which provides the opportunity for each state to declare what actions they have taken to improve the human rights situation in their countries and to fulfil their human rights obligations.
The first periodic review on Ukraine was presented in 2008.
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