The Gambia’s human rights record to be reviewed today

GENEVA (23 October 2014) – The Gambia’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  Tuesday 28 October 2014 in a meeting that will be webcast live. 

The Gambia is one of the 14 States to be reviewed by the UPR Working Group during its upcoming session taking place from 27 October to 7 November.   The Gambia’s first UPR  took place on 10 February 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 from other stakeholders including national human rights institutions and non-governmental organizations.

Among the issues raised in the national report and through advanced questions received are:  equitable access to education; poverty alleviation; gender-based violence; maternal health and infant mortality; women and children’s rights; female genital mutilation; the rights of persons with disabilities; judicial reforms and access to justice; human trafficking; freedom of speech, expression and assembly; combatting torture and arbitrary or summary executions; and LGBTI rights.

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

The UPR Working Group is scheduled to adopt the report of The Gambia at 16.00 on 31 October.

Source: UN Human Rights Council