(Nov. 11) Bhutan is presenting a report on its Human right situation on December 04, 2009 in the Swiss capital city of Geneva.The report learnt to have been prepared by the Ministry of Foreign Affair with the civil society organizations and the media will be presented to the Human Right Council which is then reviewed by the Universal Periodic Review(UPR) Working Group of the HR council composed of 47 members.
A 12 member Bhutanese delegation comprising of human settlement minister Lyonpo Kinzang Dorji, education minister Lyonpo Thakur Powdyel,Ministry of Foreign Affairs, representatives from the GNH Commission and the like will be led by the Prime Minister Jigme Y Thinley.
“We have a competent, robust, inter-sectoral delegation, which will travel to Geneva to share with the international community what Bhutan has been doing to secure the full range of HR for the Bhutanese people,” Kuensel has quoted the Bhutanese foreign minister Lynpo Ugen Tshering as saying at the November 9 multi-stakeholder meeting. Adding, “They’ll discuss the tremendous advances we’ve made towards strengthening civil and political rights, as well as our efforts towards the progressive realisation of economic, social and cultural rights of our people, including the right to development.”
The delegation will be given three hours time for presenting human rights report in the country during which the members and the UPR working group will interact and discuss about the Human rights situation of Bhutan. In addition to it, half an hour will be allocated for the adoption of the report by the UPR working group. Representatives from three member states,called ‘Troikas’, drawn by lot, assist the UPR working as rapporteurs. This time India, Madagascar and Uruguay are facilitating Bhutan’s review as ‘Troikas’.
The final out come of the report will be adopted by the entire members of the Human Rights Council and then eventually will be followed up by the Bhutanese Govt. and the stake holders.
Created through the UN General Assembly on 15th March 2006,the UPR is one of the key elements of the HRC that reminds each of the member states of the UN their responsibilities to fully respect and implement all Human rights and Fundamental Freedom.
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