Singapore's UPR was conducted based on three documents:
- A National Report submitted by the Singapore Government on the human rights situation in Singapore. It explains the policies and actions that the Government has adopted to improve the human rights situation in Singapore as well as the challenges and constraints faced.
- A report compiled by the OHCHR of information contained in the reports of independent human rights experts and groups (also known as Special Procedures), human rights treaty bodies and other UN entities on Singapore.
- A report summarising relevant stakeholders' submissions (including local and international civil society organisations) on Singapore, prepared by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).
The Actual Review
During the review, Singapore appeared before the UPR Working Group, which is chaired by the President of the Human Rights Council (HRC) and composed of the 47 HRC member States. The interagency delegation was led by Ambassador-at-Large Ong Keng Yong. During the three-hour session, Singapore presented its National Report and engaged in an interactive dialogue with member and observer states of the HRC. The session was open to accredited media and civil society organisations (CSOs), which can observe but not participate in the proceedings.
An outcome document, which contains a summary of the proceedings, recommendations from other States and Singapore’s response to these recommendations was adopted by the Working Group three days later on 10 May 2011 in a half-hour session.
An Addendum bearing Singapore’s response to the recommendations, was considered at a subsequent HRC Plenary Session in September 2011. Singapore, HRC member and observer States as well as CSOs were allotted time, within a total of one hour, to express their views. The outcome document was formally adopted by the HRC Plenary at the 18th HRC Session and will form the basis for the next review in 2016.
Report of the Working Group
All UPR sessions are broadcast live via webcasts on the OHCHR website.
Links to more information on the UPR
UPR page on OHCHR website: