5. Past UPR sessionsLatest session: UPR29, January 2018
The first Universal Periodic Review Sessions of 2018 took place between 15-26 January and had the following countries under review by the Human Rights Council: The Bahamas, Barbados, Botswana, Burundi, France, Israel, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Mali, Montenegro, Romania, Serbia, Tonga and the United Arab Emirates. Significant attention was paid to issues relating to nationality and statelessness during this review, with a total of 64 relevant recommendations made. These were addressed to 12 of the 14 countries under review (Mali and Tonga did not receive any relevant recommendations), with The Bahamas, Serbia, Botswana and the United Arab Emirates receiving the greatest number of recommendations. Sierra Leone was most active in making recommendations relating to statelessness and nationality during the 29th UPR session. The topics addressed in recommendations issued during the review mainly focused on issues related to gender discrimination, discrimination on the basis of nationality, treaty accession, children’s right to a nationality and birth registration. Download our full analysis of the statelessness related recommendations made during this UPR session here.
Ahead of the review, the Institute worked with civil society partners to prepare country submissions on nationality and statelessness issues in The Bahamas (with the Global Campaign for Equal Nationality Rights; additional summary), Barbados (with the Global Campaign for Equal Nationality Rights), Botswana (with SADC CRAI Network on Statelessness, DITSHWANELO and Lawyers for Human Rights), Burundi (with Association Des Femmes Juristes du Burundi and the Global Campaign for Equal Nationality Rights), Serbia (with Praxis, the European Network on Statelessness and the European Roma Rights Centre), and the United Arab Emirates (additional summary). We also prepared a summary document which outlines key nationality and statelessness issues in all of the countries under review and a document focused on the role of gender discrimination in nationality and statelessness issues (with the Global Campaign for Equal Nationality Rights) relevant to the four countries under review at UPR29 that deny women the right to pass their nationality to their own children on an equal basis with men.