Human Rights: Reviews

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 6 March 2023.

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To ask His Majesty's Government what their timetable is for achieving the fourth Universal Periodic Review of human rights in the UK; and what consultations they have so far completed.

Photo of Lord Bellamy Lord Bellamy The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

The UK is very supportive of the United NationsUniversal Periodic Review (UPR) process and has recently completed its fourth cycle.

In January 2022 the UK Government, in collaboration with the devolved governments, ran a series of engagement sessions with civil society organisations and the UK’s National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) covering a breadth of human rights issues, to facilitate open discussions about any particular areas of concern.

In August 2022 the UK submitted its state report to the UN, a copy of which can be found on, and in November 2022 the UK attended an interactive dialogue session with the Human Rights Council and other UN Member States. During that session a number of recommendations on cross-cutting human rights issues were made.

Following consultation with the devolved governments, civil society organisations and the UK’s NHRIs, the UK has now submitted its position on the UPR recommendations to the UN. These will be formally adopted at the 52nd session of the Human Rights Council later this month and will be subsequently published on the UN website.

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