The Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review Working group held its 20th session
The Human Rights Council’s Universel Periodic Review Working group held its 20th session from 27 October until 5 November 2014 in order to examine the situation of human rights in fourteen countries: Italy, El Salvador, Bolivia, Fiji, Gambia, San Marino, Kazakhstan, Angola, the Islamic Republic of Iran, Madagascar, Iraq, Slovenia, Egypt and Bosnia and Herzegovina.
An ACAT exists in Italy and Madagascar. FIACAT therefore particularly followws these reviews. FIACAT in collaboration with these ACAT has contributed to this process by submitting alternative reports.
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ACAT Madagascar’s advocacy mission in Geneva for the 20th session of the Universal Periodic Review.
The president of ACAT Madagascar, accompanied by the FIACAT Representative to the United Nations, was in Geneva from 5 to 8 October 2014 to take part in a pre-session for UPR advocacy organised by one of FIACAT’s partners, the UPR Info association. This pre-session provides a forum for civil society to discuss its concerns with the Geneva-based permanent missions taking part in the event, prior to submitting officially.
The recommendations presented to the audience related mainly to torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatments, detention conditions and the abolition of the death penalty.
In order to adress ACAT Madagascar’s concerns, talks were held with the person responsible for the country (Madagascar) at the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), as well as the persons responsible of the United Nations Voluntary Fund for Victims of Torture in order to share this meeting with other ACATs from Central Africa to invite them to submit projects to this fund and thus strenghtening their capacities and activities.
Finally, with the aim to encourage the animation of the network, as the representative for the Central Africa network, the president of ACAT Madagascar discussed with the president of ACAT Burundi to review the activities of an ACAT for which she is responsible before the International Bureau.