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UNIVERSAL PERIODIC REVIEW

The Universal Periodic Review is a mechanism of the UN Human Rights Council which was launched in 2008. It is a process which, during the first cycle by the end of 2011, reviewed the human rights records of all 192 UN member states. The review is centred around an interactive dialogue between the state under review and UN member states in the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Working Group in Geneva. The second cycle of the UPR covers the period from 2012 to 2016.

 

The UPR is a permanent process, as the first four-year cycle is followed by new ones. The second cycle is focused on the implementation of accepted recommendations and the developments of the human rights situation in the states under review.


Three main documents are used to conduct the review: a national report prepared by the state concerned on the human rights situation in the country, a compilation prepared by the Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights (OHCHR) containing information from treaty bodies; and a summary of the contributions of other stakeholders (national institutions for human rights, NGOs, regional and other organisations).

 

The Universal Periodic Review is a unique mechanism which involves a review of the human rights records of all UN member states. As such, it serves as a model of mutual responsibility of states for the human rights situations in their countries and, therefore, at the international level.


SLOVENIA AND THE UNIVERSAL PERIODIC REVIEW

Slovenia was striving to set up the UPR. Since the beginning of its operations, Slovenia has been actively involved in this process, and also drafts, in a non-discriminatory manner, questions and recommendations for all states under review. Slovenia regards the Universal Periodic Review as a mechanism which may contribute a great deal to respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms around the world.

 

Slovenia has been under review twice. To maintain its credibility regarding human rights, Slovenia has been striving to implement the recommendations adopted.

 

Slovenia defended the human rights situation for the first time within the UPR Working Group in February 2010, and the UN Human Rights Council approved the report of the Working Group in June 2010. In February 2012, Slovenia also presented a voluntary interim report on the implementation of recommendations.

  

Slovenia's National Report for the Universal Periodic Review of the human rights situation

Interim report of the Republic of Slovenia on the implementation of recommendations – February 2012

 

Slovenia underwent a second review during the 20th session of the UPR Working Group on 4 November 2014, and received 163 recommendations. The Government undertook to implement 142 recommendations, while it noted 21. The UN Human Rights Council approved the report of the Working Group on Slovenia in March 2015. We are currently in the phase of implementing the recommendations, which is being monitored by the Interministerial Commission on Human Rights led by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

 

Slovenia's Second National Report for the Universal Periodic Review of the human rights situation

Annex to the Second National Report

Report of the UPR Working Group

Response of the Slovenian Government to the recommendations

 

Useful links

Website of the UPR

Website of NGO UPR Info

Reports on human rights situation in Slovenia and documents of the UPR first cycle (eng)