On 21 September 2015, ADF International made ten submissions to the United Nations, detailing the human rights situation in countries across five different continents.
The reports cover a wide range of issues, including abortion, maternal health, marriage, free speech, freedom of conscience, and religious persecution.
The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) mechanism assesses the human rights situations in all 193 UN Member States. The mechanism is State-driven and provides the opportunity for each Member State to declare what actions they have taken to improve the human rights situations in their countries. Although designed to promote fundamental human rights around the world, it has also been used by some countries and non-governmental organisations to pressurise more conservative countries to liberalise their laws on issues such as abortion and same-sex ‘marriage’.
As well as the reports that Member States submit on each other, reports can also be submitted by individuals and NGOs on any country that is under review.
ADF International submitted detailed reports on the following countries: Antigua and Barbuda, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Sudan, Suriname, Tajikistan, Tanzania, and Trinidad and Tobago.