In Geneva on 15 January, France will be the subject of a hearing under the Universal Periodic Review. This is a mechanism set up in 2006 by United Nations General Assembly Resolution 60/251, which created the Human Rights Council.
The resolution establishes systematic and regular reviews of the human rights situation in each of the United Nations member states. France supported the creation of this mechanism, which plays an essential role in promoting the universality of human rights: it enables all United Nations member states to evaluate their provisions and policies on the basis of discussions with their peers.
France’s hearing will be conducted, inter alia, on the basis of a national report submitted in October 2017 to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. This report is the result of consultation between the relevant ministries, the independent administrative authorities responsible for protecting human rights and the National Consultative Commission on Human Rights.
The hearing will enable us to report on the follow-up to the 136 recommendations accepted by France following our previous Universal Periodic Review in 2013 and set out the actions taken by the government to ensure that respect for human rights continues to be fully guaranteed in our country, particularly in the following areas: the promotion of women’s rights; the fight against discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity; the fight against racism, xenophobia and anti-Semitism; policies to combat poverty and promote social inclusion; policies on asylum and taking in refugees; and detention conditions.
The Universal Periodic Review will also provide an opportunity to emphasize the French authorities’ unwavering commitment to human rights, which are a priority of our foreign policy.
France will be represented by an inter-ministerial delegation led by M. François Croquette, Ambassador for Human Rights.