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Estonia’s UPR

Created in 2006, the purpose of Universal Periodic Review (UPR)  is to evaluate the human rights standards and fulfilment of obligations in UN member states. This is in a sense a “review from one’s peers” where countries evaluate other countries and offer recommendations to each other about how to better guarantee human rights.

UPR discussions take place based on the country’s own reports, reports of non-governmental organisations and the UN special procedure summary report. Discussions take place in work groups where all UN member states and accredited non-governmental organisations can participate if they wish to make  inquiries or recommendations to  the country. A summary is then formed from the recommendations and the discussions which is accepted during the work group sessions and is then conclusively approved during the next Human Rights Council session when the country is given a chance to respond to questions that were left unanswered during the UPR or add other commentaries.

On 2 Febuary 2011 Estonia’s first Universal Periodic Review (UPR) in the UN Council of Human Rights took place. The Estonian government approved Estonia’s first national report (302.03 KB, PDF) on  22 October 2010 and the recommendations (212.64 KB, PDF) made to Estonia were published on 4 February 2011.All information regarding the Estonian first UPR can be found at:

The consideration of the Estonian report for the second UPR (302.03 KB, PDF) took place in the UN Council of Human Rights on 19 January 2016. 

Information regarding the Estonian second UPR can be found at:


Last updated: 10 February 2016

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