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UPR Submissions

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PEN International provides the latest research to the United Nations on the situation of freedom of expression and writers at risk in countries of concern through the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) mechanism. This peer review mechanism is the UN Human Rights Council’s system of tracking the implementation of human rights improvements in each of its member states. These reviews take place every 4 years. PEN International conducts research and submits a report ahead of the review and undertakes advocacy meetings with writers from the state under review in Geneva before the UPR with the aim of ensuring that freedom of expression and writers at risk are prioritised during the monitoring phase 

Latest Submissions - 2018

Saudi Arabia: PEN International's joint submission with Americans for Democracy & Human Rights in Bahrain and The Committee to Protect Journalists


Malta: PEN International's joint submission with ARTICLE 19, English PEN, the European Centre for Press and Media Freedom, International Press Institute and Reporters without Borders


Hong Kong: PEN International's joint submission with PEN Hong Ken, PEN Canada, the University of Hong Kong Centres for Comparative and Public Law, and the University of Toronto Faculty of Law International Human Rights Program


Russia: PEN International’s joint submission with ARTICLE 19, Mass Media Defence Centre, OVD-Info, Roskomsvoboda, and the Sova Centre


China: PEN International's joint submission with Independent Chinese PEN Centre, PEN America and PEN Tibet


Mexico: PEN International's joint submission with ARTICLE 19, Committee to Protect Journalists


2017 

Bangladesh: PEN International’s joint submission with Freemuse, Drik Picture Library and PEN Bangladesh


Azerbaijan: PEN International’s joint submission with ARTICLE 19, Reporters Sans Frontiers, Freedom Now, International Media Support, IRFS and Index on Censorship


Zambia: PEN International’s joint submission with PEN Zambia


Ghana: PEN International’s joint submission with PEN Ghana


Guatemala: PEN International’s joint submission with PEN Guatemala, PEN Canada and the International Human Rights Program at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law


South Africa: PEN International’s joint submission with PEN South Africa and PEN Afrikaans


India: PEN International’s joint submission with PEN Canada, and the International Human Rights Program at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law


Brazil: PEN International’s joint submission with PEN Canada and the International Human Rights Program at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law.