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 >
WG on mercenaries, 2015
Received Sub-Committee visit
The United Kingdom presented voluntary pledges in support of its candidature for membership for the period 2017-2019 in December 2015.
Key pledges include: Encourage fast international responses to severe human rights violations, including in support of conflict prevention; support the successful mainstreaming of human rights across the UN system; help States in transition to encourage domestic reform and provide relevant international support; encourage the full use of the Council’s mechanisms; support the independence and work of OHCHR; promote cooperation across regional groups; encourage dialogue and engagement with parliaments and civil society; promote the implementation of international commitments and obligations; maintain a standing invitation for Special Procedures and facilitate visits; remain committed to the UPR; translate the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development into action that leaves no one behind; defend freedom of religion or belief, support persecuted minorities, and counter violent extremism (CVE); work to end violence against women and girls, and promote women’s full participation in political and economic life; and promote open societies and challenge threats to civil society.
An analysis of steps taken by the UK in fulfilment of its international level pledges shows that it has remarkably high-levels of cooperation with Special Procedures, having accepted almost all visit requests (two visits not yet completed are on hold due to COVID-19 related restrictions) and responded to 93% of 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 showed to be one of the most active participants during the UPR, presenting recommendations to all 192 States during the first and second cycles. The UK continues to support OHCHR by, inter alia, making yearly voluntary financial contributions.