In August, the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) launched a consultation on the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) - the process by which every UN member state has its human rights record scrutinised.
In order to write this report, the MoJ asked the public which of these recommendations should be addressed as a priority, and whether there are any additional human rights issues that should also be included in the report.
UNA-UK asked its members and supporters to take part in this MoJ consultation by raising the human rights issues of concern to them. The Association also coordinated UNA Nations meetings in order to cover relevant devolved issues.
In total, the MoJ received 110 responses from UNA-UK, and a further 20 from other organisations. The UNA-UK responses included:
- Individual submissions from over 100 members and supporters
- Submissions from UNA Northern Ireland, UNA Scotland and "UNA England" (the latter consisting of responses sought from the UNA regions based in England)
- A response from UNA-UK based on its work in 2012 with the Joint Committee on Human Rights
The Ministry of Justice will now consider these submissions and reflect them in the writing of its report, which is due to be published in 2014.
UNA-UK would like to thank all those who took part in this action.