Samoa’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 3 May 2016 in a meeting that will be webcast live. Samoa is one of the 14 States to be reviewed by the UPR Working Group during its upcoming session taking place from 2 to 13 May. Samoa’s first review took place on 9 May 2011.
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 provided by other stakeholders including national human rights institutions, regional organizations and civil society groups.
Among the issues raised in the above-mentioned documents are: trafficking in persons; the representation of women in Parliament and their access to employment; the protection of women and children from domestic and sexual violence; discrimination against women; the criminalization of same-sex relations; trafficking and exploitation of women; street children and the protection of children against child labour; access to healthcare services; the punitive provisions imposed on women who had undergone abortion; access to education; measures to address the effects of climate change; access to healthcare services in rural areas; and the protection of human rights of persons with disabilities.
The three reports serving as the basis for the review of Samoa on 3 May can be found here: http://www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/UPR/Pages/WSSession25.aspx
Location: Room 20, Palais des Nations, Geneva
Time and date: 09.00 – 12.30, Tuesday 3 May (Geneva time, GMT +1 hour)
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 168 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 delegation of Samoa will be headed by Mr. Lautafi Selafi Purcell, Minister of State.
The three country representatives serving as rapporteurs (“troika”) for the review of Samoa are: Ecuador, India and Congo.
The webcast of the session will be at http://webtv.un.org
The list of speakers and all available statements to be delivered during the review of Samoa will be posted on the UPR Extranet at the following link [username: hrc extranet (with space); password: 1session]: https://extranet.ohchr.org/sites/upr/Sessions/25session/Samoa/Pages/default.aspx
The UPR Working Group is scheduled to adopt the recommendations of Samoa at 13.00 on 9 May. The State under review may wish you to express its positions on recommendations posed to it during their review. The recommendations will be shared with the media on this day in advance.
To learn more about the Universal Periodic Review, visit: http://www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/UPR/Pages/UPRMain.aspx