Оn July 12th 2018, Macedonian Young Lawyers Association (MYLA) filed three submissions to the UN Human Rights Council in regards to the Universal Periodical Review for Macedonia scheduled for the beginning of 2019. The Universal Periodical Review is performed on every UN Member State including Macedonia that so far has been a subject of two periodical reviews, the first one in 2009 and the second one in 2014.
For this cycle, the topics upon which MYLA submitted its opinions and recommendations are the following (the submissions are in continuance of this text):
- Statelessness, with a special focus on the discrimination and exclusion that members of the Roma community in Macedonia face (a joint submission of MYLA, ENS, ERRC, ISI, and the Minority Rights Group International)
- Asylum and migration
- Discrimination and abuse in employment and exercising employment rights among young people including volunteering and internships (joint submission of MYLA, the National Youth Council of Macedonia and the Institute for Human Rights)
What is the Universal Periodic Review?
The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) is a unique process which involves a periodic review of the human rights records of all 193 UN Member States. The UPR is a significant innovation of the Human Rights Council which is based on equal treatment for all countries. It provides an opportunity for all States to declare what actions they have taken to improve the human rights situations in their countries and to overcome challenges to the enjoyment of human rights. The UPR also includes a sharing of best human rights practices around the globe. Currently, no other mechanism of this kind exists. More info on the process and the possibility of submitting opinions and recommendations by the CSOs can be found on the following link: https://www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/UPR/Pages/BasicFacts.aspx
You can read the submissions on the following links>