Weak and powerful nations under UN scanner

U.N. Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review, the two-week session opened on November 2. The session will be held both in-person and remotely because of the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic. The session will examine human rights records of weak and powerful nations and the United States is among 14 countries under the UN scanner.

The Universal Periodic Review, or UPR, is a unique process in which all 193 U.N. Member states, regardless of how weak or powerful they are, are put under UN scanner for scrutiny of their human rights records. And the move is an opportunity for the states to highlight advances they have made in the area of human rights, said Human Rights Council spokesman Rolando Gomez.

Adding further, he said, “If by chance they do not address their own issues in a genuine manner, there are states who are taking part in this who will certainly shed light on those issues. They would not miss that opportunity through the UPR… But they certainly cannot conceal the violations that they are committing… the alleged violations they are committing. And, with membership, I should point out that they certainly cannot escape any form of scrutiny either.”   

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