The Civil Society Compendium: A comprehensive guide for Civil Society Organisations engaging in the Universal Periodic Review

The crucial role of civil society in the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) is expressly recognised by the United Nations (UN), UN Member States, and in the founding resolution of the mechanism.1 Since the UPR was introduced in 2007 Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), and Human Rights Defenders (HRDs) have constantly engaged in the process, in order to effect positive change for human rights across the world. The role of civil society has proven to be vital for the success of the UPR.

This compendium aims to serve as a comprehensive guide for civil society actors engaging in the third cycle of the UPR and is presented in four parts. Part 1 offers a concise introduction to the UPR. Following this, Part 2 provides an up to date guide for civil society on how best to engage with the UPR. Part 3 offers advice, and examples of best practices, for strengthening national CSO coalitions, specifically relating to the UPR. Finally, Part 4 provides non-state actors in the UPR with a resources toolkit for engagement.

Published 2019-10-08