50 mins

Making an impact with the Universal Periodic Review

This course will give you an overview of how the Universal Periodic Review works, and serves as a guide for civil society organisations to advance human rights.
About this course:
This course will teach you about the different tactics to get your agenda across and make change happen. You’ll hear top tips and advice from experienced advocates who have taken part in the Universal Periodic Review.
What do I learn:
You will learn about how to practically apply your knowledge to the Universal Periodic Review. You'll also learn from in-depth interview case studies on writing a summary report and engaging with different governments at in-country level and in Geneva.
What do I need to know:
This course is suitable for activists and human rights defenders who plan to take part in the Universal Periodic Review. We suggest you take our first course on Introduction to the Universal Periodic Review before you enrol in this course.


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 role of CSOs in the UPR process
1.3 Advice for CSOs new to the process
1.4 Strengths and weaknesses of the UPR
2.1 Preparing your summary report
2.2 Writing style and language
2.3 Presenting information at one to one advocacy meetings
2.4 CSO coalitions and your summary report
2.5 Case study: CIVICUS in Ethiopia
2.6 Case study: Progressive Voice in Myanmar
3.1 UPR advocacy: In Geneva vs in-country
3.2 How to tailor advocacy at recommending states
3.3 How to choose what issues to focus on
3.4 Ethics for advocates when influencing governments
3.5 Case study: SRI in Senegal
4.1 When states accept recommendations
4.2 Framing your CSO’s strategy for the UPR working group
4.3 Aligning CSO goals with UPR process
4.4 Internet rights and the UPR
5.1 Having your recommendations taken up
5.2 Following up on recommendations & linking to broader advocacy strategies
6.1 Security concerns for participating in UPR
6.2 Wrap up video

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