UPR : from 1st to 2nd cycle

UPR 2nd cycle raises some issues, especially for the NGOs who have become well aware of it’s dynamic process. What is at stake now is to benefit from this experience in order to make the more efficient possible interventions on the ground despite the lack of clarity and continuity sometimes and the potential power struggle that may oppose the States to the civil society and the NGOs. Notwithstanding these impedimenta and the limitations of the UPR process itself, the latter still remain a very usefull tool and a mean of applying pressure before the States and governments who are called for engagement to respect and promote human rights on the national level and internationally as well. How therefore can the NGOs and civil society prepare themselves for the 2nd cycle at the national level where the main impacts are expected? In order to achieve such a goal, the member States have to overcome the basic dialogue in betwee them and switch to a strong commitment on the ground where the promotion and the defending of human rights are at stake. This being said, it will remain difficult however in a number of cases to assess States commitment’s to concrete results due to their unfulfilled and/or non-measurable promises. This is why it is important as far as the NGOs are concerned to evaluate as precisely as possible the progress if any that has been made and to take to most efficient and effective measures of the hurdles to overcome for the implementation of the UPR’s recommandations. Even is one has to call for other UN conventional mechanisms to reinforce action on the field and call for possible legal steps at the international level.