Posted by: lauraannwilson | January 28, 2015

Summary of major themes arising from the 21st Session of the Universal Periodic Review on Sweden, Grenada and Turkey


The Review of Sweden – 21st Session of the Universal Periodic Review – 26 January 2015

Delegation led by: Ms Annika Soder, State Secretary

Ms Soder noted that the new Swedish Government, elected in 2014, is a ‘feminist government’, committed to gender equality and ending gender-based violence. Ms Soder said that LBGTI rights were also a government priority.

Several States acknowledged Sweden’s leadership in human rights. However, several States including Brazil, China and Iran noted the rise of hate speech, hate crimes and religious intolerance and recommended that Sweden implement measures to combat discrimination.

Sweden acknowledged the rise of incidences of racism, and xenophobia, particularly against minorities, indigenous people and Roma people. Sweden noted that it has established an Equality Ombudsman to respond to complaints of discrimination.

The Review of Grenada – 21st Session of the Universal Periodic Review – 26 January 2015

Delegation led by H.E Mr Robert Branch, Senior Crown Counsel, Ministry of Legal Affairs

Several States recognised that Grenada has ratified the Rome Statute, the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, and the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the sale of children. Several States, including the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, recommended that Grenada establish a National Human Rights Institute, in line with the Paris Principles.

Several States raised the issue of criminalisation of same sex relationships. Several states, including the United States recommended that same sex relationships be de-criminalised. Several states raised concerns regarding the age of criminal responsibility, recommending that the age of criminal responsibility be raised from 12 to 18 years of age.

The Review of Turkey – 21st Session of the Universal Periodic Review – 27 January 2015

Delegation led by: Mr Bulent Arnic, Deputy Prime Minister of Turkey

The issue of press freedom, freedom of association, policing of peaceful protest, and separation of powers, was raised by several countries. Several countries, including the United Kingdom, Ireland, Finland and France, recommended that Turkey amend its laws to provide citizens with freedom of association and expression, with the view of bringing Turkey’s laws into line with international law and expectations.

Several countries called on Turkey to adopt laws to guarantee press freedom. Several countries recommended that Turkey comply with recent judgments of the European Court of Human Rights. Several countries, including Ireland and Israel, raised concerns of excessive use of police force on peaceful protests.

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