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16 September 2014 - The IHRP, along with its partners PEN Canada and PEN International, have filed a shadow report with the UN Human Rights Council to assist with their Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of Honduras. The shadow report is based on the 2014 IHRP/PEN report, Honduras: Journalism in the Shadow of Impunity. The shadow report find that many of the areas of concern highlighted at the last UPR persist or have worsened, while a large number of the advances praised at that time have been seriously undermined. The shadow report includes a number of recommendations to better protect freedom of expression in the crime-ravaged country, with an emphasis on ending near total impunity for crimes against journalists.
The UPR is a unique process which involves a review of the human rights records of all UN Member States. The UPR is a State-driven process, under the auspices of the Human Rights Council, which provides the opportunity for each State to declare what actions they have taken to improve the human rights situations in their countries and to fulfil their human rights obligations. As one of the main features of the Council, the UPR is designed to ensure equal treatment for every country when their human rights situations are assessed.
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