The Icelandic Human Rights Centre, the Icelandic Women’s Rights Association, Barnaheill – Save the Children Iceland, Humanists Iceland, the National Association of Intellectual Disabilities and Amnesty International have issued a report on the status of human rights in Iceland.
The has been sent to the Human Rights Council, as a part of the Universal Periodic Review, and lists the concerns of the reporting group about the Icelandic government’s compliance with the recommendations made to Iceland by other United Nations Member States during previous UPR cycles.
The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) is a unique process which involves a review of the human rights records of all UN Member States. The UPR is a State-driven process, under the auspices of the Human Rights Council, which provides the opportunity for each State to declare what actions they have taken to improve the human rights situations in their countries and to fulfil their human rights obligations. As one of the main features of the Council, the UPR is designed to ensure equal treatment for every country when their human rights situations are assessed. The ultimate aim of this mechanism is to improve the human rights situation in all countries and address human rights violations wherever they occur. Currently, no other universal mechanism of this kind exists.