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Eighth Session U.N. Human Rights Council Universal Periodic Review (3-14 May 2010)




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The Haiti Universal Periodic Review will be held by the UN Human Rights Council on Tuesday 11 May from 14:30 -17:30.  Open this link to access reports for the Haiti Universal Periodic Review: National Report; Compilation prepared by OHCHR; Summary prepared by OHCHR; Interactive Dialogue; Comments & Answers; Final Remarks. 


HRC Web Cast: Tuesday 11 May 2010.

Adoption: Friday 14 May 2010


The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) is a unique process launched by the UN Human Rights Council in 2008 to review the human rights obligations and responsibilities of all UN Member States by 2011. Click for an Introduction to the Universal Periodic Review, Process and News:


The Tandem Project Recommendations (attached) are in preparation for the Haiti Universal Periodic Review scheduled for 11 May 2010. Because of the horrific earthquake that struck the capital Port-au-Prince, the Haiti Universal Periodic Review by the UN Human Rights Council on 11 May 2010 is problematic as the country struggles to recover from the devastation. The Presidential Palace and many government offices and staff were killed or are missing; including the collapse of the UN Mission building and the death of the head of mission and many UN staff.


The Tandem Project was working on preparation recommendations for the Haiti National Report at the time of the earthquake. We go ahead with revised preparation recommendations (attached) assuming the Universal Periodic Review will be held, if not possible in May, re-scheduled for another time during the 2008-2011 first cycle of the Universal Periodic Review.


Excerpt: The Tandem Project recommends Haiti build on their faith-based religious-spiritual-ethnic heritage by transforming the horrific death and trauma of the earthquake into a national model of tolerance for diversity of religion or belief, grounded in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Covenants and in the future a legally-binding International Convention on Freedom of Religion or Belief. Long term development in Haiti must begin with the government of Haiti and the empowerment of the Haitian people building a government infrastructure structure free of corruption, with balanced technical help but not control from the family of nations. Respect for the rule of law, human rights and freedom of religion or belief should be a cornerstone core component of a long term reconstruction and development plan organized and initiated by Haitians themselves.


Attachment: Haiti Universal Periodic Review & Freedom of Religion or Belief.