Universal Periodic Review (UPR)

The UK takes part in the Universal Periodic Review (UPR). This is a peer review process conducted by the UN Human Rights Council to assess the human rights situation in every UN Member State.

The UPR assesses how states are putting human rights into practice, looking at their human rights obligations as set out in:

Human rights tracker

Search our human rights tracker to find all UN recommendations for UPR and the UN treaties. The UPR page has specific information on how it is monitored and if the UK is meeting international standards.

How the UK is doing

The UN Human Rights Council last assessed the UK and published its recommendations in May 2017. In total, the UK received 227 recommendations for improvements to its human rights record. These included:

  • incorporating international human rights treaties into domestic law

  • establishing comprehensive national mechanisms for monitoring and reporting on progress and ensuring implementation of the UPR and treaty body recommendations

  • taking action to ensure that full and productive employment and decent work is a reality for all

  • reducing inequality across society by identifying and addressing persistent disadvantages

  • strengthening measures to prevent violence, abuse and hate crimes

  • providing equal access to justice and legal aid for disadvantaged and marginalised individuals and groups

Our work on UPR

The most recent work we have produced as part of our UPR monitoring includes:

Last updated: 16 Jan 2020