Lesotho's human rights record to be reviewed by Universal Periodic Review

Jan 20, 2015

The Human Rights Council, Geneva, Switzerland

GENEVA  – Lesotho’s human rights record will be examined by the UN Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Working Group for the second time on Wednesday 21 January 2015 in a meeting that will be webcast live.

Lesotho is one of the 14 States to be reviewed by the UPR Working Group during its upcoming session taking place from 19 to 30 January.  Lesotho’s first UPR review took place on 5 May 2010.

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.

Among the issues raised in the above-mentioned documents are:  gender-based discrimination and patriarchal attitudes and stereotypes discriminating against women; discrimination against LGBT persons and the criminalising same-sex relations; violence against women, particularly domestic and sexual violence; trafficking in women and girls and the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act; addressing alleged police brutality, torture and excessive use of force; improving prison conditions; addressing poverty reduction and malnutrition rates; women's access to health care, maternal and infant mortality; methods to combat and address HIV/AIDS; and school attendance and enrolment levels.

The three reports serving as the basis for the review of Lesotho on 21 January can be found here: http://www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/UPR/Pages/LSSession21.aspx

Location: Room 20, Palais des Nations, Geneva
Time and date: 14.30 – 18.00, Wednesday 21 January (Geneva time, GMT + hour)

The UPR is a unique process which 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 during the first UPR cycle and 112 thus far during the second cycle.  The second review of States aims to highlight human rights developments in the country since its first review and provides an opportunity for States under review to spell out steps taken to implement recommendations posed during their first reviews.  

The delegation of Lesotho will be headed by Adv. Haae Phoofolo, Minister, Ministry of Law

The three country representatives serving as rapporteurs (“troika”) for the review of Lesotho are:  France, Ghana and Maldives

The webcast of the session will be at http://webtv.un.org

The list of speakers and all available statements to be delivered during the review of Lesotho will be posted on the UPR Extranet at the following link [username:  hrc extranet (with space); password: 1session]:  https://extranet.ohchr.org/sites/upr/Sessions/21session/Lesotho/Pages/default.aspx

The UPR Working Group is scheduled to adopt the recommendations of Lesotho at 17.30 on 23 January.  The State under review may wish you to express its positions on recommendations posed to it during their review.  The recommendations will be shared with the media on this day in advance.    

To learn more about the Universal Periodic Review, visit: http://www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/UPR/Pages/UPRMain.aspx

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