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.
Longest outstanding country visit request >
WG on the use of mercenaries, 2015
Received Sub-Committee visit
The UK tabled voluntary pledges and commitments in support for its candidacy for membership for the period 2014-2016 on 7 October 2013. It made a number of concrete pledges and commitments at both international and national levels.
At national level, the UK pledged to: protect and promote children and women’s rights through various policy initiatives; and to tackle discrimination against minorities.
Internationally, the UK made commitments to: encourage countries to uphold their international obligations with respect to freedom of expression; promote greater religious tolerance; promote the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights; tackle impunity and support the Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on sexual violence in conflict; stop modern day slavery; cooperate with Special Procedures and improve its response rate to communications; engage fully and effectively with the UPR; and promote the mainstreaming of human rights throughout the UN.
An analysis of steps taken by the UK in fulfilment of its international level pledges shows that it has high-levels of cooperation with Special Procedures, having accepted 14 out of 15 visit requests and responded to 10 out of 15 communications. Regarding UPR, the UK’s own report was presented by a high-level delegation, and it submitted a detailed mid-term report on implementation. The UK actively participated in the UPR reviews of 187 other states during the first cycle.