Belgium submits interim report to the United Nations in the framework of UPR
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders is pleased that Belgium has submitted its interim report to the UN Secretariat in Geneva in the framework of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR).
The UPR is an initiative of the Human Rights Council involving the reciprocal evaluation through questions and recommendations of countries’ human rights situation. Belgium accepted recommendations on human rights issues in our country in May 2011 in the framework of its UPR 88. Belgium then voluntarily undertook to submit an interim report on the follow-up of these recommendations in September 2013.
The report was submitted to the UN Secretariat in Geneva on 20 September. It is an overview table to which the federal government and the regions and communities contributed. Civil society was also given an opportunity to consult a draft version of the report.
The report not only provides an overview of the achievements, it also lists issues that still require work. In this manner, all stakeholders know the topics they must continue to focus on with a view to Belgium’s new UPR, which is set to take place in early 2016.
The entire report can be viewed at: