Human Rights Council Universal Periodic Review Working Group held its seventeenth session

The Seventeenth session of the Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) working group was held from 21 October 2013 to 01 November 2013 examining the human rights records of 15 States. The States under review by the Universal Period Review working group were Saudi Arabia, Senegal, China, Nigeria, Mexico, Mauritius, Jordan, Malaysia, Central African Republic, Monaco, Belize, Chad, Israel, Congo, and Malta. The States under review presented their efforts in fulfilling their human rights obligations and commitments considering both positive developments as well as identifying their challenges. During the interactive dialogue between the country under review and the human rights council, States posed their questions and recommendations. Every State was facilitated with three troika member, from different regional groups, served as rapporteurs and were charged with preparing the reports.

Afghanistan participated in the interactive dialogues for Saudi Arabia, China, Malaysia and Jordan by commending their efforts to implement the recommendations they have accepted in the first cycle of UPR. Afghanistan commended the government of the kingdom of Saudi Arabia for implementing the recommendations it has accepted during the first cycle of UPR and appreciated the Kingdom’s accession to a number of International Human Rights Conventions, establishment of the National Anti Corruption Commission, the Standing Committee on Trafficking Person as well as the efforts to freedom of opinion and expression. Considering the recent progress in the Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan stated; that the recent establishment of educational institutions, increase in the enrollment of girls to schools, women’s participation in political and public life are clear indication of the government of the Kingdom of the Saudi Arabia to promote and protect the human rights of its citizens.

Afghanistan acknowledged the comprehensive presentation by the Chinese delegation and commended the country for its efforts in promoting Human Rights awareness by incorporating Human Rights education in School curriculum. Afghanistan recommended to China to concentrate on the implementation of the international human rights instruments and coveted the government and people of China all the possible success in their efforts to the promotion and protection of Human rights.

Afghanistan applauded the friendly government of Malaysia for its efforts in the promotion and protection of the people with disabilities and recommended to Malaysia to consider improving the existing administrative framework to better manage and process refugees and asylum in the country and continue to speed up its efforts toward accession to the Rome Statute.

Afghanistan commended Jordan for its cooperation with the international human rights bodies and appreciated its efforts to empower the rights of women and children’s rights. Afghanistan recommended the government of Jordan to continue to conduct outreach activities to raise the awareness of people on human rights.

The report of the working group for Saudi Arabia, Senegal, China, Nigeria, Mexico and Mauritius were adopted on 25th of October. Jordan, Malaysia, Central African Republic, Monaco, Belize and Chad were adopted on 31st of October; whereas the adoption of report for Israel, Congo and Malta took place on the last day of the session 1st of November 2013.