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The UN’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) scrutinises the human rights records of all UN Member States. PEN holds consultative status with the UN, and has been making submissions to the UPRs since they began in 2007, highlighting particular freedom of speech concerns and making recommendations to the Member States. The more recent UPR sessions have included an assessment of any progress made by the state under review since their last UPR. See the UPR website for more information on how the UPR is run.

PEN’s submissions to the UPR can be accessed below.

Latest Submissions

Hungary: PEN International’s joint submission with Austrian PEN, English PEN, and German PEN to the UN Periodic review of Hungary.

Tajikistan:PEN International’s joint submission with English PEN to the UN Periodic Review of Tajikistan.

Lebanon: PEN International’s joint submission with PEN Lebanon and Free Muse.

Myanmar: PEN International’s joint submission with PEN Myanmar, PEN American Center, PEN Norway and Myanmar ICT for Development Organisation (MIDO).

Honduras: PEN International’s joint submission with PEN Canada and the International Human Rights Program at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law (IHRP). (Also available in Spanish). (Executive Summary also available in English (updated March 2015) and Spanish)

United States of AmericaPEN International’s joint submission with PEN American Centre and the Committee to Protect Journalists.

Malawi:  PEN International’s joint submission with PEN Malawi.

2014

Kyrgyzstan:PEN International’s joint submission with ARTICLE 19.

Kenya: PEN International’s joint submission

Turkey: PEN International’s joint submission with ARTICLE 19, the Committee to Protect Journalists, English PEN, Freedom House, P24.

Iran: PEN International’s joint submission with ARTICLE 19.

Kazakhstan: PEN International’s joint submission with ARTICLE 19.

2013

Ethiopia: PEN International’s joint submission with the Committee to Protect Journalists and Freedom Now.

Nicaragua: PEN International’s joint submission with PEN Nicaragua. Read in Spanish.

Cambodia: PEN International and Cambodian PEN’s joint submission with ARTICLE 19, The Cambodian Center for Human Rights (CCHR), International Publishers Association (IPA), the Cambodian Center for Independent Media (CCIM), the Committee for Free and Fair Elections in Cambodia (COMFREL) and the Southeast Asian Press Alliance (SEAPA).

Eritrea: PEN International’s submission.

Viet Nam: PEN International’s joint submission with English PEN, Article 19 and Access.

Mexico: PEN’s joint submission with PEN Guadelajara (Spanish) and (English).

China: PEN International’s submission.

Nigeria: PEN’s joint submission with PEN Nigeria, the Committee to Protect Journalists and the International Publisher’s Association.

Azerbaijan: PEN’s joint submissions with the International Publisher’s Association and with the Freedom of Expression Coalition.

Cameroon: PEN’s joint submission with the Committee to Protect Journalists and Internet Sans Frontières in English and French.

Russia: PEN International and PEN Russia’s submission in English and Russian.

Uzbekistan: PEN International’s submission.

2012

Bahrain: PEN International’s submission.

Ecuador: PEN International’s joint submission with Fundamedios and the Committee to Protect Journalists.

South Africa: submission by PEN International and PEN South Africa.

Sri Lanka: PEN International’s joint submission with the Freedom of Expression Coalition.

Tunisia: PEN International’s joint submission with other members of the IFEX Tunisia Monitoring Group.

2011

Burma: joint submission of PEN International and the Index on Censorship.

Somalia: submission by the Somali-Speaking Centre of International PEN.

Venezuela: PEN International’s submission in English and Spanish.

2010

Armenia: joint submission by PEN International, the International Publishers Association and Index on Censorship.

Belarus: joint submission by PEN International, the International Publishers Association and Index on Censorship.

Croatia: a joint submission by PEN International, Croatian PEN and the International Publishers Association.

Egypt: submission by PEN International.

Gambia: joint submission by PEN International, the International Publishers Association and the Index on Censorship.

Iran: joint submission by PEN International, the International Publishers Association and Index on Censorship.

Iraq: joint submission by PEN International, the International Publishers Association and Index on Censorship.

Kenya: joint submission by PEN International, the PEN Kenyan Centre, the International Publishers Association and Index on Censorship.

Nicaragua: submission by Nicaraguan PEN in Spanish.

Spain: submission by Catalan PEN in Spanish.

Turkey: joint submission by PEN International, International Publishers Association, and Index on Censorship.

United States of America: submission of PEN International and PEN America.

2009

Afghanistan: submission by PEN International.

China: submission by PEN International with attached case studies.

Eritrea: submission by PEN International.

Vietnam: PEN International’s submission plus case studies. Also attached were PEN’s Rapid Action Network Appeal concerning the crackdown on dissent in Vietnam, and a resolution by the International Congress deploring the repression of free speech by the Vietnamese government.

2007

Tunisia: joint submission of PEN International, the International Publishers Association and the World Press Freedom Committee. Attached are a report of the Tunisia Monitoring Group (TMG), a joint statement by members of IFEX, and a TMG report on the case of Mohamed Abbou.