United Nations Universal Periodic Review

The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) is a unique process which involves a review of the human rights records of all UN Member States. The UPR is a State-driven process, under the auspices of the United Nations Human Rights Council, which provides the opportunity for each State to declare what actions they have taken to improve the human rights situations in their countries and to fulfil their human rights obligations.

Next April/May 2018, Canada’s commitments to human rights will be carefully examined for the 3rd time as part of the 2017-2021 cycle of reviews.

NGOs are invited to consult with Canada’s Continuing Committee of Official on Human Rights prior to and following the review, and are also encouraged to submit shadow/parallel reports to the United Nations.

CFUW National office is actively involved in the Universal Periodic Review (UPR). The organization participated in the consultative process with Canada’s Continuing Committee of Official on Human Rights last September 2017.

CFUW also submitted a report on October 5, 2017, to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights focused on violence against women (VAW) in Canada. The report highlights Canada’s need for critical actions and legislation to prevent and protect women from violence, including extreme forms of VAW, as well as comprehensive funding and monitoring tools. Read CFUW’s shadow report here.

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