On May 13, 2015 Jamaica’s human rights record will be examined for the second time in Geneva by the United Nations Human Rights Council’s Working Group on the Universal Periodic Review (UPR). The UPR is a UN peer-led review process aimed at improving the human rights situation of all 193 UN Member States. It is a critical mechanism for States to demonstrate their commitment to human rights and develop concrete steps for improving the human rights situation on the ground. During this session, the Government of Jamaica (GoJ) will present its national report on the key steps it has taken and UN Member States will have the opportunity to ask detailed questions and make recommendations on a range of issues. The GoJ has the discretion to accept or reject the recommendations made. By accepting a recommendation, the State agrees to be held to account afterwards on the implementation of the recommended change.
In addition to governments, the UPR relies on civil society to provide a comprehensive account of the human rights situation in any given country. In April, Jamaican civil society organizations presented to 26 States in Geneva and met with 11 States individually to share concerns, as well as highlight accomplishments the GoJ has made.JFJ has participated in both cycles of the UPR. We will be providing coverage and analysis throughout the week. Below are key documents from the UPR Process. You may follow the proceedings live via the UN Webcast, which is embedded below. Follow @JAForJustice for immediate reactions and important developments.