Seychelles presents Human Rights report in Geneva
Seychelles human rights record will be reviewed under the framework of the United Nations’ (UN) Universal Periodic Review (UPR) in Geneva, Switzerland, on Monday the 25th of January 2016. Seychelles will be represented by a delegation headed by the Secretary of State at the Foreign Affairs Department, Ambassador Barry Faure. The delegation will include the Ambassador to the Kingdom of Belgium, Ambassador Selby Pillay, as well as representatives from the Social Affairs Department, Attorney General’s Chambers, Foreign Affairs Department, and Seychelles’ Mission in Geneva.
The UPR is a process that involves the review of human rights records of all UN States once every four/five years. It is a peer-review mechanism which allows Seychelles the opportunity to take stock of how well human rights are protected at the national level, inform the international community of the human rights situation in Seychelles, and to engage with other countries about specific steps Seychelles will take to improvement the enjoyment of human rights in Seychelles.
The review conducted on Monday will primarily be based on three documents; the National Report submitted by the Government of Seychelles in November 2015; a compilation report summarizing various comments and recommendations Seychelles has received under the various UN human rights mechanisms and treaty bodies, compiled by the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights; and the Summary of Stakeholders information, which is a summation of inputs from the National Human Rights Commission and Ombudsman’s Office, the Civil Engagement Platform Seychelles (CEPS) and a London based NGO called Global Initiative to End All Corporal Punishment of Children. These documents can be accessed online at http://www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/UPR/Pages/SCSession24.aspx.
On Monday 25th January, Seychelles’ UPR session can be viewed live online at http://webtv.un.org/ from 12pm – 3.30pm local time.