Universal Periodic Review

The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) is a unique process which involves a review of the human rights records of all UN Member States. The UPR is a State-driven process, under the auspices of the Human Rights Council, which provides the opportunity for each State to declare what actions they have taken to improve the human rights situations in their countries and to fulfil their human rights obligations. As one of the main features of the Council, the UPR is designed to ensure equal treatment for every country when their human rights situations are assessed.

The UPR was created through the UN General Assembly on 15 March 2006 by resolution 60/251, which established the Human Rights Council itself. It is a cooperative process which, by November 2016, had completed 2 cycles of reviewing the human rights records of all 193 UN Member States. Currently, no other universal mechanism of this kind exists. The UPR is one of the key elements of the Council which reminds States of their responsibility to fully respect and implement all human rights and fundamental freedoms. The ultimate aim of this mechanism is to improve the human rights situation in all countries and address human rights violations wherever they occur. All recommendations Cambodia received from UPR and related recommendations from other UN human rights mechanisms can be accessed in the Compilation published both in English and Khmer.

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Read our easy to understand Fact Sheet on the UPR here.

2019 Review
The Working Group on the Universal Periodic Review, established in accordance with Human Rights Council resolution 5/1, held its thirty-second session from 21 January to 1 February 2019.

The review of Cambodia was held at the 16th meeting, on 30 January 2019.

The delegation of Cambodia was headed by the President of the Cambodian Human Rights Committee, H.E. Mr. KEO Remy.

At its 18th meeting, held on 1 February 2019, the Working Group adopted the report on Cambodia.

Watch the session here on UN Web TV.