Geneva, 11 June 2012 - The Working Group on the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) held its thirteenth session from 21 May to 4 June 2012. The review of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland was held on 24 May 2012.
The UPR working group had three hours to verify if the United Kingdom had fulfilled its international human rights obligations and undertakings.
A list of questions prepared by Norway, Slovenia, Sweden, and The Netherlands were conveyed to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland through the troika.
During the interactive dialogue, 60 delegations made statements over the conditions of detention; the efforts made to limit detention period from 28 to 14 days for terrorist suspects; to lower the age (10) for juvenil criminal responsibility; criteria for juvenile justice questioning its compliance with the Rights of the Child.
FIACAT wishes to congratulate the U.K both on its responses to these statements and because the Government had consulted broadly with civil society in all four nations of the United Kingdom and had engaged them in a frank and constructive discussion.
Recommendations such as : Accept the full implementation of the provisions of the UN Convention against Torture, continue to ensure that human rights principles are integrated in domestic laws, strengthen guarantees for detained persons, and not to extend but to shorten the length of time of pre-trial detention, ensure realization of the right of detainees to the legal assistance immediately after being taken into detention without exception, take measures to reduce prison overcrowding and improve conditions for detainees including through the increased application of alternative sentencing for juvenile offenders, improve programs for social reintegration of detainees, adopt necessary measures to prevent indefinite detention of migrants, and provide all legal safeguards to detained migrants, will be examined by the U.K and Northern Ireland which will provide responses in due time, but not later than the 21st session of the Human Rights Council in September 2012.
FIACAT urges the United Kingdom to take that recommendation seriously and to take the necessary steps to implement it.
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