Brazil in the Human Rights Universal Periodic Review of the United Nations: main documents of the second cycle
The mechanism of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) was created in 2007 by the United Nations General Assembly (UN Resolution 60/251), which established the United National Human Rights Council. Every four years, 193 Member States of ONU are invited to tell through the UPR about their advancements and current status towards the accomplishments of their international commitments on human rights. In 2008, Brazil presented its national report for the first time in Geneva. Since then, it has made efforts towards telling the progress and eventual challenges in building a society in the country that includes, protects and respects the human rights.
More recently, in May 2012, the country presented its national report, elaborated under the joint coordination of the Secretariat of Human Rights of the Presidency of the Republic and the Department of State. Such process also involved agencies of the federal government that develop activities related to the subject. Being a primordially official report of the Brazilian State, the government opened ample participative process to the civil society throughout the elaboration of the final text.
This publication includes the speech pronounced in the occasion for the Minister of State Head of the Secretariat of Human Rights of the Presidency of the Republic, Maria do Rosário Nunes. It is also composed by the official Brazilian report presented to the to the United Nations Human Rights Council, the complete report of the working group on the Universal Periodic Review (Human Rights Council, official document A/HRC/21/11), in which the official questionings, comments and recommendations of the other Member States to the Brazilian government, and the addendum presented by Brazil to the UPR. In addition, it included the original versions of these reports in English.
Brasília: Secretaria de Direitos Humanos da Presidência da República, UNESCO, 2012. 137 p.
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