× 1 About the UPR
2 Nationality & statelessness in the UPR
3. Tips for civil society engagement
4 Upcoming UPR sessions
5. Past UPR sessions
6. Resources & database
Table of contents
Further reading

3. Tips for civil society engagement

The UPR is a state-driven process: only states can make recommendations. However, civil society has an important role to play in informing the focus and content of these recommendations by sharing information about the human rights situation in the SuR and drawing attention to key concerns. Civil society actors can participate at different stages of the Cycle:

Advocacy by civil society actors makes a real difference to the outcomes of the UPR. The state representatives who draft recommendations to a SuR are not always human rights experts or in possession of in depth knowledge on that country, so civil society can help them to understand which human right issues to prioritise. Civil society also plays an important part in achieving impact on the ground: through their often close and ongoing relationship with affected communities, they can advocate for, monitor and support real change. Here are some tips and next steps for how civil society actors can make the most out of the UPR (see “Further Reading” for additional resources):