On 12 and 13 March 2018, the ICJ participated in and presented at a workshop for Cambodian civil society on the Universal Periodic Review (UPR).
The workshop was organized by the Cambodian Center for Human Rights (CCHR), UPR Info and the Cambodia Country Office of the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).
This workshop aimed to prepare participants ahead of the deadline for civil society submissions to the UPR in July 2018.
The Royal Government of Cambodia (RGC) will undergo the third cycle of its UPR in January 2019.
The objectives of the workshop were to:
- 1. Introduce the UPR to newcomers, identifying where the UPR fits within the UN’s human rights framework and demonstrating how civil society organizations (CSOs) can utilize the UPR to further their human rights objectives;
- 2. Share experiences of national stakeholders in the UPR process and discuss developments since the second cycle and priorities for the third cycle;
- 3. Learn from the experiences of CSOs in the region on developing UPR CSO submissions;
- 4. Provide technical training regarding the drafting of UPR CSO submissions;
- 5. Establish thematic groups to begin developing joint submissions and establish a timeline for the drafting process.
On 12 March 2018, Kingsley Abbott, Senior International Legal Adviser for Southeast Asia for the ICJ, delivered a presentation on submissions drafting and advocacy techniques for the UPR and also spoke about the experiences of CSOs in Thailand in developing UPR CSO submissions.
Kingsley Abbott, ICJ Senior International Legal Adviser for Southeast Asia, e: kingsley.abbott(a)icj.org