The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) process is a key way the United Nations (UN) examines and seeks to improve the human rights situations of all the 193 states that are members of the UN. In 2017 the United Kingdom will enter its third UPR examination, and much work has been taking place across the country to gather evidence from civil society on the human rights situation here. This symposium is a timely opportunity to discuss the role of international accountability for human rights and the UK’s engagement with the UN’s UPR mechanism. Following contributions from speakers providing insights from academia, civil society and policy-makers, the floor will be opened up for an interactive discussion session. This symposium is hosted by the QMUL Human Rights Collegium and the British Institute of Human Rights, the leading UK charity that have recently coordinated the Joint Civil Society Report to UN’s forthcoming UPR examination of the UK. For more visit BIHR’s Human Rights Check UK project here.
Introduction: Stephen Bowen, Director, British Institute of Human Rights
Panellists will include:
- Sanchita Hosali, Deputy Director, British Institute of Human Rights
- Dr Jessie Hohmann, QMUL
- Alice Wyss, Human Rights and Democracy Department, Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
The Human Rights Collegium is an innovative partnership between BIHR and the QMUL Law School which sees academic human rights coupled with practice based work.