A group photo of VANGO and CSO representatives – Photo by MoJCS

 

The national Universal Periodic Review (UPR) consultation in Port Vila will be held next week.

This follows on the recent national SANMA UPR consultation held in Santo, which was hailed as a success.

It took place a week ago and featured the active participation of members from the Professional Technical Assistance Committee (PTAC).

This consultation afforded government officials from the northern city an opportunity to provide their insights and feedback on the recommendations that had been presented to the Vanuatu Government during the third UPR cycle in 2019.

The event also saw the involvement of various stakeholders, including Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs), Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), chiefs, faith-based groups, as well as the youth and women.

Their engagement was instrumental in ensuring that the information gathered during the consultation was documented. This documentation reflects the Vanuatu government’s commitment to the UPR process and, consequently, the effective implementation of the six core human rights conventions that the country has ratified.

Vanuatu has been mandated to submit another report in February 2024 for the fourth cycle.

The Ministry of Justice and Community Services (MoJCS), through the National Human Rights Desk, will conduct the same consultations in Port Vila, SHEFA Province from October 17 to October 20, 2023. The MoJCS hopes that all stakeholders will be able to attend this workshop next week at The Grand Hotel.

A periodic review is a process that takes place every 4-5 years and focuses on the human rights records of 193 United Nations member states.

It allows all states to declare the actions they have taken to improve the human rights situation in their countries. The alternative stakeholder report is a written report submitted by CSOs to the Human Rights Council on the human rights situation in their country.

This group of people, including NGOs have met in Port Vila to proper document an independent report before the given deadline.

The objective of the writing workshop for the 4th UPR Report is to raise awareness among CSOs in Vanuatu on monitoring and promoting human rights, equality and social inclusion through the UPR process.

CSO reports provide a balance to the national report and provide a comprehensive picture of the human rights situation.

The deadline for Vanuatu CSOs to submit the alternative stakeholder report under the UPR has been confirmed for October 11, 2023.

SOURCE: VANUATU DAILY POST