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The Universal Periodic Review (UPR)

The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) is a unique mechanism under the Human Rights Council whereby each of the 193 UN Member States undergo individual reviews of the human rights records in the respective country.. A state's examination involves a three and a half hours debate where the state presents their report on the current human rights situation in the country where after all other UN Member States gives concrete recommendations on how to make improvements in the protection of human rights. During one year, there are three UPR sessions with approximately 14 countries under review per session, whereby all of UN’s Member States will be examined approximately every four years.

Denmark considers the UPR mechanism to be an important tool for the improvement of the protection of human rights in all countries. It sets the frame for a horizontal dialogue between all UN Member States based on the recognition that there is always room for improvement. At the same time, the UPR provides a rare opportunity to make countries aware of legislation or practices at a national level, which have negative consequences for human rights effect on the ground.

On 2 May 2011, Denmark was examined in its first UPR. The examination resulted in 133 recommendations of which Denmark has accepted 102. Denmark’s second examination took place on 21st of January 2016. On this examination, Denmark received 199 recommendations on a variety of issues. Denmark has accepted 126 recommendations (out of which 4 were accepted in the midterm report of June 2018). Next time Denmark will be up for review is in January 2021.

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