50 mins

Introduction to the Universal Periodic Review

This course will give you an overview of how the Universal Periodic Review works and serves as a guide for CSOs to advance human rights and digital rights.
About this course:
You may have heard about the UPR, but what is it exactly and how does it impact human rights? How can it be used to advance digital rights? This course will teach you about different parts, players and processes to the UPR. Interactive quizzes and exercises will help you cement your learning for taking action so you can make an impact.
What do I learn:
You will learn about the fundamentals of the UPR process, different ways to approach the UPR and how CSOs fit into the picture. You’ll also learn how it can be a tool to advance human rights in digital contexts and what its strengths and weaknesses are.
What do I need to know:
This course is suitable for activists and human rights defenders who plan to take part in the UPR.


Gayatri Khandhadai

This course is presented by Gayatri Khandadhai, a lawyer with a background in international law and human rights. Her focus is digital rights in Asia with specific emphasis on freedom of religion, expression, assembly, and association on the Internet. She is the Asia Policy Regional Coordinator at APC - the Association for Progressive Communications.

1.1 Introduction to the course
1.2 The basics: What is UPR?
1.3 The history of the UPR and UN Human Rights Council
1.4 UPR and Universal Human Rights
1.5 Why does the UPR matter?
1.6 Impact of the UPR on digital rights
2.1 Stage 1 of the UPR: Prepare
2.2 Stage 2 of the UPR: Review
2.3 Stage 3 of the UPR: Monitoring Implementation
2.4 Different roles for states during the UPR
2.5 The documents that frame the basis for the review
2.6 Quiz: UPR basics
3.1 Timeline of notable changes made with the UPR
3.2 Case study: APC on internet freedom in Bangladesh
4.1 How do CSOs fit into the UPR?
4.2 Practical considerations for participating in the review
4.3 Navigating the relationships: How to engage with governments
4.4 Relationships between CSOs and countries: Do you approach them?
4.5 Derechos Digitales and coalition case study: Internet freedom in Chile
5.1 India: Before, during and after submitting a UPR coalition stakeholders’ report
5.2 Cameroon Coalition submissions on freedom of expression, digital rights and internet
5.3 Case study: Human Rights Watch Submission to the UPR of Eritrea
6.1 Strengths and weaknesses of the UPR process
6.2 How the UPR can be used to complement other advocacy
6.3 Wrap up video

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