Bhutan will present its third universal periodic review (UPR) of the situation of human rights in the country to the UN Human Rights Council’s Working Group today in Geneva, Switzerland.

Foreign minister Dr Tandi Dorji is leading the delegation of senior government officials including a representative of the civil society organisation. Bhutan’s first UPR took place in 2009 and the second in 2014.

A foreign ministry press release states that the review of a member state’s human rights record is under taken on the basis of a national report submitted by the royal government of Bhutan and independent reports submitted by the various treat bodies, UN entities, CSOs and human rights watch groups.

The UPR is a unique process, which involves the periodic review of human rights records of all UN member states. During the UPR, member states deliberate on the progress made by the states under review on improving the situation of human rights and make recommendations to address human rights issues.  The webcast of the session will be available at

Staff Reporter