Dominica’s human rights record will be examined by the UN Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Working Group for the third time on Thursday.
A UN news release says Dominica is one of the 14 States to be reviewed by the UPR Working Group during its upcoming session taking place from 6 to 17 May.
Dominica’s first and second UPR reviews took place in December 2009 and May 2014, respectively.
The documents on which the reviews are based are the national report – with information provided by Dominica, information contained in the reports of independent human rights experts and groups, and information provided by other stakeholders including national human rights institutions, regional organizations and civil society groups.
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 twice within the first and second UPR cycles.
The delegation of Dominica will be headed by Ms. Francine Baron, Minister for Foreign and CARICOM Affairs.