GHRD’s report on Bhutan, submitted for the first Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of the Human Rights Council in April 2009, was included in the final stakeholder’s summary prepared by the UN working group.
As a result the information will be included in the review session with the Bhutanese government during the sixth session in Geneva, on 4th December.
The UPR consists of the review of the human rights practices in all UN member states, once every four years. It is unique as it provides the opportunity for organisations to submit information to the UN for review of the human rights practices for member states, even if they did not ratify international legislations. The review is conducted as an interactive discussion with the state and other UN member states.
The stakeholders’ report is a crucial contribution, supplementing the national report prepared by the government itself, and the OHCHR compilation based on the UN’s information.
GHRD’s five-page submission highlighted human rights issues observed in the field by GHRD partners since the late 1990’s. Arbitrary arrests, torture and degrading treatments, conditions on elections, prison conditions, freedom of speech, press and religion, discrimination against women, minorities and refugees were all highlighted.
Key documents for the review: