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Universal Periodic Review

11th May 2016 · 10:15am - 5:00pm

In person | Virtual event

 Universal Periodic Review

As part of our Universal Periodic Review Project (UPR), the British Institute of Human Rights (BIHR) is coming to London to provide civil society organisations in London, the South East, East Anglia and the surrounding areas with an opportunity to:

  • Learn more about the relevance of human rights to your work;
  • Understand the UPR process and the important role your organisation can have in submitting evidence;
  • Review the UK’s progress on recommendations made at the last UPR (in 2012); and
  • Identify key new human rights issues in the UK which the UN should review.

The aim of the events is to build the capacity of civil society groups to better understand and engage with the UPR and to gather views which can feed into BIHR’s Shadow Civil Society Report for the UN to consider when examining the UK. The outline for the day is set out at the end of this webpage.

If you have any access requests these can be made on the booking form. Please also note that BIHR has limited funds to enable small organisations to take part in these events, for example, to assist with travel or carer costs. Please indicate on your booking form if you would like further information about this support.

Event outline

Our events have been designed to be as interactive as possible, with practical (not theoretical!) information and examples, plus lots of opportunities for debate and discussion.  Our events will use the following agenda:

10.15am: Arrivals and refreshments

10.30am: Welcome and Introductions

10.40am: The relevance of human rights in the UK

11.45am: Comfort break

12pm: Human rights and your work

12.30pm: Civil society groups and the UPR process

1.20pm: Lunch (provided)

2pm: Consultation: progress on previous recommendations

2.50pm: Comfort break

3pm: Consultation: new human rights concerns

3.50m: Round-up: capturing your views

4.10pm: Next steps

4.25pm: Evaluation

If you’re already well acquainted with the UPR process through your own work and reports, we would still really welcome your participation and encourage you to attend the afternoon sessions which will look at progress and new issues. You can indicate on your booking form if you will only be attending the afternoon.

The event is free to attend. As the events are so popular (and we often have waiting lists), we will charge you a £25 no-show fee if you sign up and don’t attend, without cancelling your place at least 7 days beforehand. We hope you appreciate that this is so that we can accommodate as many people as possible, and avoid no-shows.

If you would prefer to book your place by telephone, please contact 0207 882 5850.

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