Universal Periodic Review (UPR) - joint survey

Please note: the deadline to take the survey is extended to Sunday, June 26

Dear friends,

the second cycle of the UPR is coming to an end. Before we turn to the third cycle, ARC International, the International Bar Association's Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI), and ILGA are taking the opportunity to explore the impact that this mechanism has had on States and civil society to raise and make progress on sexual orientation, gender identity and expression and sex characteristics issues at the national level.

To do this, we need your help. Please share your experiences, knowledge and opinions with us and participate in our joint survey!

The survey is available in English here and Spanish here.

Please note that it is for people or NGOs who have done some form of UPR engagement on SOGIESC issues during one or both UPR cycles and work at the national or local level.

We would very much appreciate it if you could give us 45 minutes of your time to this research and complete our online survey before Sunday 26 June.

In addition to the online survey, our project team will be conducting some interviews by Skype or phone (in English or Spanish). If you are interested in being interviewed, please fill out your details at the end of the survey.

If you agree to participate, your responses in both the survey and the interview will remain anonymous. Our final report will not include any interviewee’s name.

There is more information about the research project at the bottom of this email. If you have any further questions, please email the project team at [email protected].

Best wishes,

Project team

Dodo Karsay (ARC International), Helene Ramos dos Santos and Eka Iakobishvili (IBAHRI), Diana Carolina Prado Mosquera (ILGA)



Who should answer this survey?

The survey is for individual activists or representatives of a group or an NGO who work on SOGIESC issues at the local or national levels and have done SOGIESC related engagement during cycle 1 and/or cycle 2 of the UPR. This survey is not for representatives of international organizations.

We would like to hear your opinions and very much appreciate the time that people are giving to this research.

Will my name appear in the report if I give input?


You can fill out the questionnaire anonymously and all survey responses are collated anonymously on a database. If you volunteer to be interviewed and choose to provide your name at the end of the survey, those details are only sent to the project team.

The final reports will not include any names.

What will happen with the information I provide?

The results of the survey will be used in ARC, IBAHRI and ILGA’s joint final report later this year. It is intended that this research will be a resource for a wide range of people doing SOGIESC related engagement with the UPR, including civil society, States under review and Recommending States.

Only the project team will have access to notes or audio-recordings of the interviews, and these will be destroyed after the research project is completed.

Do I need to answer all the questions?

Some questions may not be relevant for your work and you can skip those. The ones that are essential for our research are marked with an asterisk (*) and need to be filled in before you can move on to the next question.

Can I fill in the survey on my mobile phone?

Some questions will require you to give detailed responses. Ideally you should fill out the survey on a computer or tablet.

Should you have any further questions, please contact the project team at [email protected].

Editor's note: the article was originally published on May 25, and edited on June 14 to note that the deadline was extended until June 26.

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