Press Release

40th Session of the Universal Period Review discusses Syria

24 January 2022

Caption: Human Rights Council

The UPR is a unique process that involves a periodic review of the human rights records of all 193 UN Member States. Since its first meeting was held in April 2008, all 193 UN member States have been reviewed twice within the first and second UPR cycles. During the third UPR cycle, States are again expected to spell out steps to implement recommendations posed during their previous reviews that they committed to follow-up on and highlight recent human rights developments in the country. 

Syria is one of the States to be reviewed by the UPR Working Group during its upcoming session from 24 January to 3 February, marking the end of the UPR third cycle. The 24 January meeting will be webcast live.

Syria’s first and second UPR reviews were in October 2011 and October 2016. 

The documents on which the reviews are based are 1) national report - information provided by the State under review; 2) information contained in the reports of independent human rights experts and groups, known as the Special Procedures, human rights treaty bodies, and other UN entities; 3) information provided by other stakeholders including national human rights institutions, regional organizations and civil society groups. 

The three reports serving as the basis for the review of Syria on 24 January can be found here

*The 40th session of the UPR was initially scheduled to be held in November 2021, although it was postponed due to COVID-19 measures.  


40th Session of the Universal Period Review discusses Syria

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