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 16 out of 20 visit requests and responded to all communications (24). 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.