Lesotho: Human rights record to be reviewed by UPR

Map of Lesotho – Image: Lonely Planet

Lesotho’s human rights record will be examined by the UN Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) Working Group for the third time on Wednesday, 22 January 2020, in a meeting that will be webcast live.

Lesotho is one of the 14 States to be reviewed by the UPR Working Group, during its upcoming session, taking place from 20 to 31 January.

Lesotho’s first and second UPR reviews took place in May 2010 and January 2015, respectively.

The documents on which the reviews are based are: 1) national report – information provided by the State under review; 2) information contained in the reports of independent human rights experts and groups, known as the Special Procedures, human rights treaty bodies, and other UN entities; 3) information provided by other stakeholders including national human rights institutions, regional organisations and civil society groups.

“54. The National Policy on Social Development and the National Social Protection Strategy which converses about disability grants, were adopted by the Cabinet in December 2014 and officially launched in January 2015. This policy and strategy came about as a result of the Government’s quest to effectively respond to the increasing social burden resulting from poverty, HIV and AIDS, unemployment and food insecurity. Thus far the country is in the process of reviewing progress on implementation. SDG 1, has been partially met by Lesotho, through the drafting of these policies that are aimed at poverty reduction and the abolishing [of] discrimination of all vulnerable groups”. – National Report Jan 2020, p. 10

The three reports serving as the basis for the review of Lesotho on 22 January can be found here.

Location: Room 20, Palais des Nations, Geneva
Time and date: 14.30 – 18.00, Wednesday, 22 January (Geneva time, GMT +1 hour)

The UPR is a unique process, which involves a periodic review of the human rights records of all 193 UN Member States.  Since its first meeting was held in April 2008, all 193 UN member States have been reviewed twice within the first and second UPR cycles.  During the third UPR cycle, States are again expected to spell out steps they have taken to implement recommendations posed during their previous reviews which they committed to follow-up on, as well as to highlight recent human rights developments in the country.

The delegation of Lesotho will be headed by Sixtus Habofanoe Lehana, Minister of Law, Constitutional Affairs and Human Rights.

The three country representatives serving as rapporteurs (“troika”) for the review of Lesotho are: Argentina, Burkina Faso and the Republic of Korea.


The webcast of the session will be at http://webtv.un.org

The list of speakers and all available statements to be delivered during the review of Lesotho will be posted on the UPR Extranet [username:  hrc extranet (with space); password: 1session].

The UPR Working Group is scheduled to adopt the recommendations made to Lesotho around 17.30 on 24 January.  The State under review may wish to express its positions on recommendations posed to it during their review. 


National Report, January 2020:


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