Freedom of Expression


SRFOE and UNESCO invite to participate in a consultation on the Universal Periodic Review

December 20, 2022

Washington D.C. - The Office of the Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression (SRFOE) of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) invite to participate in the consultative phase of a project that seeks to identify recurring challenges and best practices for the participation of the different actors of the Americas in the United Nations Universal Periodic Review (UPR).

The consultative phase will be public and open and is aimed at members of civil society, media, journalists' associations, and independent journalists who are encouraged to respond to the consultation questionnaire, providing information and concrete examples of situations that reflect common patterns and/or obstacles, as well as lessons learned and good practices in reporting information related to freedom of expression, safety of journalists and access to information under the UN UPR.

During this phase, it is also expected to receive information and inputs from other actors, including the States of the Americas, United Nations teams in the field, and national human rights institutions in the region. It will also include interviews with actors who have contributed or seek to contribute to the process.

At the end of this period, it is planned to convene an internal session to analyze and discuss the inputs received and gather additional information as required. At the end of this process, various promotional and training activities will be carried out to disseminate the materials and practical documents. The Office of the Special Rapporteur encourages the different stakeholders to accompany and actively participate in all phases of this project, which will be open from this moment on.

Access the questionnaire for civil society organizations in English, Spanish and Portuguese.

Access the questionnaire for the media, journalists' associations and independent journalists in English, Spanish and Portuguese.

The period for receiving responses through the consultation questionnaires will remain open until January 15, 2022, at 11:59 p.m. Washington D.C. time.

Questions and comments on the consultative phase of the project will be received at the following e-mail address: [email protected].

The Office of the Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression (SRFOE) is an office created by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) to encourage the hemispheric defense of the right to freedom of thought and expression, considering its fundamental role in the consolidation and development of the democratic system.