Experts are gathered in Kigali at Serena Hotel for a universal Periodic Review with the aim of strengthening Human Rights Promotion and Protection in the Region.
The three-day regional conference started today and will peer through up to Thursday.
According to organizers, the Universal Periodic Review examines all human rights issues, violations and concerns, enabling a critical view of the intersections.
Experts at the conference include 100 representatives of Civil Society Organisations, state Institutions and non-governmental organisations from Kenya, Rwanda, DRC, Burundi, Tanzania, South Sudan, Uganda and Somalia.
The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) is a unique process which involves a review of the human rights records of all UN Member States
This review is designed to ensure equal treatment for every country when their human rights situations are assessed.
Previously, it was perceived that some states are granted special treatment by the Human Rights Commission HRC.
Deliberations under the UPR are guided by principles including objectivity, transparency, non-selectivity, and non-politicisation. In addition, the UPR is meant to be action-oriented and to integrate a gender perspective.
UPR meets three times a year (February, May, and December), with 16 member-States being reviewed each session.
Each country’s situation is examined during a three-hour dialogue, during which recommendations are made.
This is followed by the adoption of the outcome document (by resolution) at the following regular session of HRC.