Brazil took part today, May 5, in the Universal Periodic Review Mechanism of the United Nations Human Rights Council.
Under the Universal Periodic Review, the human rights situation of all UN member States is reviewed by the other countries, according to a pre-defined timetable. It is a cooperative work, in which the recommendations made in the peer-to-peer process always aim to improve the protection and promotion of human rights. Brazil was first reviewed in 2008, and the second review was held in 2012.
Headed by the Minister of State for Human Rights, Court Judge Luislinda Valois, the Brazilian delegation presented Brazil's recent advances in the promotion and protection of human rights, especially those stemming from the implementation of the recommendations received in the second evaluation cycle in 2012. The Brazilian delegation also answered to the comments and remarks made by other UN member states.
In the interactive dialogue that followed Brazil's presentation, 103 countries took the floor to value the advances in the situation of human rights in Brazil since the country's last review, such as the reduction of social inequalities, the new migration law, the law on femicide, as well as the policies of affirmative action and fight against racism and racial discrimination. New recommendations were also proposed in areas such as the prision system, the rights of indigenous peoples and the protection of human rights defenders.
The Brazilian Government will hold internal consultations, including with civil society, to evaluate each of the recommendations received, in an open and transparent process. The Government henceforth takes on the commitment to keep working on a broad and democratic basis for the implementation of the recommendations of the Universal Periodic Review.