The documents on which the reviews are based are: 1) national report - information provided by the State under review 2) information contained in the reports of independent human rights experts and groups, known as the Special Procedures, human rights treaty bodies, and other UN entities; 3) information from other stakeholders including national human rights institutions and non-governmental organizations.
Among the issues raised in the national report and through advanced questions received are: equitable access to education; poverty alleviation; gender-based violence; maternal health and infant mortality; women and children’s rights; female genital mutilation; the rights of persons with disabilities; judicial reforms and access to justice; human trafficking; freedom of speech, expression and assembly; combatting torture and arbitrary or summary executions; and LGBTI rights.
The three reports serving as the basis for the review of The Gambia on 28 October can be found here: http://www.ohchr.org/EN/
The UPR is a unique process which involves a periodic review of the human rights records of all 193 UN Member States. Since its first meeting was held in April 2008, all 193 UN member States have been reviewed during the first UPR cycle and 98 thus far during the second cycle. The second review of States aims to highlight human rights developments in the country since its first review and provides an opportunity for States under review to spell out steps taken to implement recommendations posed during their first reviews.
The name of the head of delegation of The Gambia will be available later.
The three country representatives serving as rapporteurs (“troika”) for the review of The Gambia are: France, Kenya and Maldives
Location: Room 20, Palais des Nations, Geneva
Time and date: 09.00 – 12.30, Tuesday 28 October
The webcast of the session will be at http://webtv.un.org
The list of speakers and all available statements to be delivered during the review of The Gambia will be posted on the UPR Extranet at the following link [username: hrc extranet (with space); password: 1session]: https://extranet.ohchr.org/
The UPR Working Group is scheduled to adopt the report of The Gambia at 16.00 on 31 October. The report will be shared with you on this day in advance.
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