Advancing Disability Rights through Strategic Human Rights Reporting: Fostering Disability Rights Organizations Participation in the UN Universal Periodic Review Procedure

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Advancing Disability Rights through Strategic Human Rights Reporting: Fostering Disability Rights Organizations Participation in the UN Universal Periodic Review Procedure

By: Stephanie Ortoleva, Founder & President of Women Enabled International

November 2014

The United Nations Universal Periodic Review (UPR) is the mandatory reporting procedure of the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC) for all UN Member States and each state is reviewed every four years. The UPR assesses accomplishments and future objectives to advance human rights. Nongovernmental organizations have an important role to play in this process and have the right to submit reports in their areas of expertise.

Disabled persons organizations (DPOs) have not engaged in the UPR and there is little to no coverage of disability rights in State Party UPR reports. Engagement by DPOs in the UPR process creates visibility, enhances advocacy skills and supports DPO capacity-building and engagement with national governments and multilateral organizations.

The goals of this interactive Tool Kit for DPOs include active learning and participatory methods and covers the United Nations Human rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review framework and enhances UN advocacy skills, including report preparation, effective lobbying techniques, media strategies and post-reporting national follow-up.

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