5. Past UPR sessionsLatest session: UPR27, May 2017
In 2017, the Universal Periodic Review entered its third cycle. The first set of countries which had their human rights record reviewed under this new cycle, during the 27th UPR Session in May 2017, by the Human Rights Council are: Algeria, Bahrain, Brazil, Ecuador, Finland, India, Indonesia, Morocco, the Netherlands, the Philippines, Poland, South Africa, Tunisia and the United Kingdom. Significant attention was paid to issues relating to nationality and statelessness during this review, with a total of 54 relevant recommendations made. These were addressed to 12 of the 14 countries under review, with South Africa and Bahrain receiving the greatest number of recommendations. Kenya and Slovakia were most active in making recommendations relating to statelessness and nationality during the 27th UPR session. The topics addressed in recommendations issued during the review were accession to and implementing the 1954 and/or 1961 Statelessness Conventions; civil registration, including birth registration (an important tool to prevent statelessness); establishing a statelessness determination procedure; avoiding arbitrary detention for stateless persons; categorizing statelessness as a protection status; refraining from deprivation of nationality; and addressing gender discrimination in nationality laws. 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 Bahrain (with Americans for Democracy and Human Rights in Bahrain); the Netherlands (with ASKV Refugee Support, Defence for Children - the Netherlands, and the European Network on Statelessness); South Africa (with Lawyers for Human Rights); and the United Kingdom (with the Migrants Resource Centre, the University of Liverpool Law Clinic and the European Network on Statelessness). We also prepared a summary document which outlined key nationality and statelessness issues in all of the countries under review.