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. During the third UPR cycle, States are again expected to spell out steps they have taken to implement recommendations posed during their previous reviews which they committed to follow-up on, as well as to highlight recent human rights developments in the country.

The delegation of New Zealand will be headed by Mr. Andrew Little, Minister of Justice.
The three country representatives serving as rapporteurs (“troika”) for the review of New Zealand are: Brazil, Slovakia and Saudi Arabia.

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 New Zealand will be posted on the UPR Extranet at the following link [username: hrc extranet (with space); password: 1session].

The UPR Working Group is scheduled to adopt the recommendations made to New Zealand at 15.00 on 25 January. The State under review may wish 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.

ENDS

For more information and media requests, please contact Rolando Gómez at +41 (0) 22 917 9711 / rgomez@ohchr.org or Cédric Sapey at +41 (0) 22 917 9845 / csapey@ohchr.org

To learn more about the Universal Periodic Review, visit: www.ohchr.org/hrc/upr