On 31 August, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs submitted Finland’s written response concerning recommendations for the development of the country’s national human rights situation that had been presented in the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) by the UN Human Rights Council. The response was delivered to the UN Office of the Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).
The response gives Finland’s position on each of the 26 recommendations Finland investigated on the basis of the UPR review conducted in May as well as concise reasons for these positions. The response, which is in English, and additional information on the UPR review are available on the Ministry’s website at http://formin.finland.fi/ihmisoikeudet/UPR.
The human rights situation in Finland was reviewed in dialogue between States by the Human Rights Council in Geneva on 23 May 2012. At that time, UN member States presented Finland with a total of 78 recommendations for the development of the national human rights situation. In connection with adopting the review report based on the dialogue, Finland announced that it accepts 51 recommendations and rejects one recommendation. In all, 26 recommendations were taken under examination. The deadline set by the UN for the written response to these recommendations was 31 August 2012.
In its response, Finland accepts the majority of the recommendations taken under examination. Twenty recommendations are completely accepted and four recommendations are partially accepted. Two recommendations are rejected. Finland’s positions on the recommendations have been prepared in cross-administrative cooperation with different ministries.
Out of the 78 recommendations made in the UPR, Finland thus completely accepts 71 and partially accepts four recommendations. During the review, Finland undertook to provide a voluntary interim report on the implementation of the recommendations in 2014.
The report of the Working Group on the Universal Periodic Review of Finland will be adopted by the 21st Session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva on 19 September. In conjunction with adoption of the report, a one-hour dialogue will take place where UN accredited non-governmental organisations will also have the opportunity to speak or send a video message. The session can also be followed online at http://www.unmultimedia.org/tv/webcast/c/universal-periodic-review.html.
Prior to this session of the Human Rights Council, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs will organise a meeting for non-governmental organisations on 11 September, to provide information about the UPR recommendations for Finland and engage in dialogue with the organisations. The event will be opened by Minister for International Development Heidi Hautala, who chairs the Finnish UPR delegation.
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