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:
Regional or subregional
Overall, as a HRC member, has participated in more than 10% of panel discussions, general debates and interactive dialogues.
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Portugal tabled ‘voluntary pledges and commitments’ in support for its candidacy for membership for the period 2015-2017 on 23 July 2014. The document presents Portugal’s international level and national level commitments and pledges for its membership term.
At the international level, Portugal pledged to: continue to present Council initiatives on economic, social and cultural rights, and the right to education; maintain its Standing Invitation to Special Procedures; cooperate fully with Treaty Bodies; recognise communications procedures under the treaties; actively support and participate in the UPR (its own and the UPR of other states); support the participation of NGOs and NHRIs at the Council; protect the independence of OHCHR and Special Procedures; promote the abolition of the death penalty in all countries; and promote the inclusion of human rights in the post-2015 development agenda.
The document offers a number of commitments related to the implementation of UN human rights obligations and recommendations, including: to develop relevant national action plans; and to make full use of the Portuguese National Human Rights Committee, an inter-ministerial body responsible for coordination and implementation.
At national level, Portugal made commitments to: reinforce cooperation with civil society; improve the protection of the rights of the child; and ensure the integration of a gender perspective into national policies and programmes.
An analysis of steps taken by Portugal in fulfilment of its international pledges shows that it has indeed continued to lead on Council resolutions focused on economic, social and cultural rights, and on the right to education. Portugal has maintained its Standing Invitation, and does cooperate strongly with Special Procedures. It is Party to all core conventions (with no reservations). Regarding UPR, Portugal shows strong commitment vis-à-vis its own review, but has only participated in around 25% of the reviews of other states. Portugal made a voluntary financial contribution to OHCHR in 2014.