The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) is a unique process that involves a review of the human rights records of all UN Member States. The UPR is a State-driven process, under the auspices of the Human Rights Council, which provides the opportunity for each State to declare what actions they have taken to improve the human rights situations in their countries and to fulfil their human rights obligations. The ultimate aim of this mechanism is to improve the human rights situation in all countries and address human rights violations wherever they occur. As noted on the OHCHR website, a review of a State is based on: (a) a national report prepared by the State under review; (b) a compilation of United Nations information on the State under review prepared by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR); and (c) a summary of information submitted by other stakeholders (including civil society actors, national human rights institutions and regional organizations. Stakeholder submissions provide additional or alternative information to government reports and can be used as part of a broader advocacy strategy.
The goal of this Capstone project is to collaborate with EQMM in executing its campaign in relation to Myanmar’s third Universal Periodic Review (UPR) cycle, which will take place in 2020. As part of this project, the Capstone team will help draft and refine the language and argumentation of the organization’s joint shadow report; develop and facilitate an advocacy skills workshop for coalition members; identify and try to facilitate access to potential advocacy targets and additional partners; and explore other opportunities to amplify the message in the reports in New York, Myanmar, and Geneva.