Report of the Working Group on the Universal Periodic Review (A/HRC/19/11)

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Human Rights Council
Nineteenth session
Agenda item 6
Universal Periodic Review


  1. The Working Group on the Universal Periodic Review, established in accordance with Human Rights Council resolution 5/1 of 18 June 2007, held its twelfth session from 3 to 14 October 2011. The review of the Syrian Arab Republic was held at the 9th meeting on 7 October 2011. The delegation of Syria was headed by Mr. Faysal Mekdad, Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs. At its 13th meeting held on 11 October 2011, the Working Group adopted the report on Syria.

  2. On 21 June 2010, the Human Rights Council selected the following group of rapporteurs (troika) to facilitate the review of Syria: Djibouti, Mexico and Saudi Arabia.

  3. In accordance with paragraph 15 of the annex to resolution 5/1, the following documents were issued for the review of Singapore:

(a) A national report submitted and a written presentation made in accordance with paragraph 15 (a) (A/HRC/WG.6/12/SYR/1);

(b) A compilation prepared by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in accordance with paragraph 15 (b) (A/HRC/WG.6/12/SYR/2);

(c) A summary prepared by OHCHR in accordance with paragraph 15 (c) (A/HRC/WG.6/12/SYR/3).

  1. A list of questions prepared in advance by Canada, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway, Slovenia and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland was transmitted to the Syrian Arab Republic through the troika. These questions are available on the extranet of the universal periodic review (UPR).