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The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) puts each UN member state’s human rights record under the microscope every five years, but requires the active engagement of civil society to make the most of it. Read this 5-minute explainer to learn how you can participate and translate its outcomes into action on the ground.

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This compendium aims to serve as a comprehensive guide for civil society actors engaging in the third cycle of the UPR and is presented in four parts. Part 1 offers a concise introduction to the UPR. Following this, Part 2 provides an up to date guide for civil society on how best to engage with the UPR. Part 3 offers advice, and examples of best practices, for strengthening national CSO coalitions, specifically relating to the UPR. Finally, Part 4 provides non-state actors in the UPR with a resources toolkit for engagement.

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Organization logo: United Nations Mission Assistance in Somalia (UNSOM)

UNSOM monitosr, helps investigate and report to the Council on, and helps prevent any abuses or violations of human rights or violations of international humanitarian law committed by all actors in Somalia. The mandate envisions the deployment of human rights observers for these purposes.

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The Centre for Human Rights is both an academic department and a non-governmental organisation, and works towards human rights education in Africa, a greater awareness of human rights, the wide dissemination of publications on human rights in Africa, and the improvement of the rights of women, people living with HIV, indigenous peoples, sexual minorities and…

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This interactive dashboard maps the ratification status of 18 international human rights treaties by country. The indicator refers to the expression by the State of its consent to be bound by a human rights treaty under international law.

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The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute international Rule of Law Directory is the first centralised, fully searchable, online database of entities engaged in rule of law work throughout the world, providing an invaluable tool to those establishing and implementing rule of law programmes.

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This Guide focuses on how civil society can follow up on recommendations of United Nations (UN) human rights mechanisms and mandates or bodies; explains ‘follow-up’ and ‘implementation;’ describes methods and activities that civil society actors (CSAs) can use; reviews existing follow-up procedures and practices of UN human rights mechanisms and how CSAs can participate; and refers to tools to facilitate civil society follow-up activities.

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“Human rights defender” is a term used to describe people who, individually or with others, act to promote or protect human rights. Human rights defenders are identified above all by what they do and it is through a description of their actions (section A below) and of some of the contexts in which they work (section B below) that the term can best be explained. [1]The examples given of the activities of human rights defenders are not an exhaustive list.

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Organization logo: International Bureau for Children's Rights (IBCR)

Based in Montreal (Canada) since 1994, the International Bureau for Children’s Rights (IBCR) is an international non-governmental organisation whose mission is to contribute to the promotion and protection of children’s rights around the world. The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child is the foundation of IBCR’s work. The IBCR is inspired by…

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Organization logo: International Initiative to End Child Labor (IIECL)

The International Initiative on Exploitative Child Labor (IIECL), also commonly known as the International Initiative to End Child Labor, is a US-based, not-for-profit [US IRS approved 501 (c) (3)] organization, founded in 1998 and incorporated in 1999, that conducts and/or provides education, training, technical assistance, capacity building, research, corporate social accountability reviews, resources/grants, program planning…

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