Skip to content Skip to navigation

2009 Universal Periodic Review of China

On February 9, 2009, China underwent its first Universal Periodic Review (UPR) at the Human Rights Council in Geneva. During the review, 60 member states of the UN engaged in an interactive dialogue with the Chinese delegation about the implementation of its international human rights obligations.

The 55 other UN member states that had signed up to speak were not able to, due to time limitations. An outcome report outlines the results of China’s review and its dispositions on the recommendations advanced. Of the 99 recommendations made, China accepted 42, indicated that three were already being implemented, committed to examining four, and rejected 50.

Other Resources

  • China's national report submitted in advance of its 2009 UPR: ENCH
  • OHCHR’s compilation of UN information for China’s 2009 UPR: EN, CH
  • OHCHR's summary of stakeholders' submissions for China’s 2009 UPR: ENCH
  • Member states’ advance questions for China’s 2009 UPR: EN1, EN2
  • UPR webcast of China’s 2009 UPR (2009): EN
  • China’s opening statement at the adoption of its 2009 UPR outcome report (2009): EN
  • Report of the Working Group on the Universal Periodic Review—China (2009): EN, CH
HRIC Resources
  • HRIC report, submitted to the Human Rights Council: “Implementation and protection of human rights in the People’s Republic of China,” a parallel NGO report by Human Rights in China (2008): EN, CH
  • HRIC press release: “China's UN human rights review: new process, old politics, weak implementation prospects” (2009): EN, CH
  • HRIC press release: “China rejects UN recommendations for substantive reform to advance human rights,” with HRIC summary charts (2009): EN, CH
  • Summary chart of UPR recommendations rejected by the People’s Republic of China (2009): EN
  • Summary chart of UPR recommendations accepted by the People’s Republic of China (2009): EN
  • Summary chart of UPR recommendations “already being implemented” by China (2009): EN
  • Summary chart of UPR recommendations to be examined by China (2009): EN

Explore Topics

Access to Information Access to Justice Administrative Detention Arbitrary Detention Asset Transparency Bilateral Dialogue
Black Jail Book Review Business And Human Rights Censorship Children Chinese Law
Circumvention technology Citizen Activism Citizen Journalists Citizen Participation Civil Society Communist Party Of China
Consumer Safety Corruption Counterterrorism Courageous Voices Cultural Revolution Culture Matters
Current and Political Events Cyber Security Daily Challenges Democratic And Political Reform Demolition And Relocation  Dissidents
Education Enforced Disappearance Environment Ethnic Minorities EU-China Family Planning
Farmers Freedom of Association Freedom of Expression Freedom of Press Freedom of Religion Government Accountability
Government regulation Government transparency Heilongjiang Lawyers’ Detention Historical Anecdotes Hong Kong House Arrest
HRIC Translation Hukou Human Rights Council Human rights updates Ideological Contest Illegal Search And Detention
Inciting Subversion Of State Power Information Control  Information technology Information, Communications, Technology (ICT) International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) International Human Rights
International Relations International Window Internet Internet Governance Judicial Reform June Fourth
Kidnapping Labor Camps Labor Rights Land, Property, Housing Lawyer's rights Lawyers
Legal System Legal World Letters from the Mainland Major Event (Environment, Food Safety, Accident, etc.) Mao Zedong Microblogs (Weibo)
National People's Congress (NPC) New Citizens Movement Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) Olympics Online Activism Open Government Information
Personal Story Police Brutality Political commentary Political Prisoner Politics Prisoner Of Conscience
Propaganda Protests And Petitions Public Appeal Public Security Racial Discrimination Reeducation-Through-Labor
Rights Defenders Rights Defense Rule Of Law Special Topic State compensation State Secrets
State Security Subversion Of State Power Surveillance Technology Thoughts/Theories Tiananmen Mothers
Tibet Torture Typical cases United Nations Uyghurs, Uighurs Vulnerable Groups
Women Youth Youth Perspective