During HRC general discussions, panel debates and interactive dialogues with the Special Procedures, during the past three years, either as an HRC member or not, the State has joined:
Overall, as a HRC member, has participated in more than 10% of panel discussions, general debates and interactive dialogues.
Longest visit request not (yet) accepted by the State >
SR on the independence of judges, 2004 (invitation extended)
Received Sub-Committee visit
Paraguay tabled ‘voluntary pledges and commitments’ in support for its candidacy for membership for the period 2015-2017 on 27 December 2013. The clear and concise document presents Paraguay’s international level, regional and national level commitments and pledges for its membership term.
At the national level, Paraguay pledged to: promote the implementation of its national human rights action plan; strengthen the functioning and coordination of national human rights structures, especially those mechanisms responsible for implementing UN human rights recommendations; measure compliance with international norms by developing national human rights indicators; create an effective mechanism to follow-up and report on implementation; strengthen public policies to protect the rights of vulnerable groups; and implement the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
At regional level, Paraguay pledged to: engage with and support the Inter-American system; implement the rulings of the protection bodies of the Inter-American system; and support the reform and strengthening of the Inter-American system.
At international level, Paraguay made commitments to: fully cooperate with the Council and its mechanisms; support and protect the independence of OHCHR; promote the strengthening of the UPR, and submit a mid-term report under its own UPR; and maintain a Standing Invitation for Special Procedures.
An analysis of steps taken by Paraguay in fulfilment of its international pledges shows that it tends to participate in around a third of interactive dialogues and Council debates. Paraguay maintains a Standing Invitation, and has a strong record of accepting Special Procedures visits. It participated in its UPR review at ministerial-level. It did not present a mid-table UPR report during the first cycle. Paraguay supports the work and independence of OHCHR: it provided a voluntary contribution in 2014, and hosts a UN human rights advisor.