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Human rights in Cape Verde to face scrutiny by UN treaty body

16 March 2012

NEW YORK – The human rights record of Cape Verde will on Wednesday, 21 March face the scrutiny of the United Nations Human Rights Committee in a meeting that will be webcast live on the Internet.

As one of the 167 state parties to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which is one of the primary international human rights treaties, Cape Verde is required to undergo regular examinations of its human rights record before the Human Rights Committee. However, as Cape Verde’s first report to the Committee has been overdue since 1994, the Committee has decided to examine the situation without a report.  

In a meeting which will take place on Wednesday, 21 March, from 10h00 to 13h00 New York time, the Committee, which is composed of 18 independent experts, will engage in a dialogue with the delegation of Cape Verde on questions relating to the promotion and protection of human rights in the country. A number of non-governmental organisations have sent reports for the Committee’s consideration.

The list of issues that are likely to come up in the dialogue can be found on: http://www2.ohchr.org/english/bodies/hrc/docs/AdvanceVersions/CCPR-C-CPV-Q1.pdf. A summary is attached.

A live webcast of the session can be viewed on http://www.ccprcentre.org/en/home/215.

The concluding observations of the Human Rights Committee on Cape Verde will be made available at http://www2.ohchr.org/english/bodies/hrc/hrcs104.htm on 29 March, after which interviews can be arranged with Committee members

To learn more about the Human Rights Committee, visit: http://www2.ohchr.org/english/bodies/hrc/index.htm

To learn more about the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, visit: http://www2.ohchr.org/english/law/ccpr.htm

For additional information and media requests, please contact Fred Kirungi in New York (+1 917 367 3431 / kirungi@un.org) or Kate Fox (+1 212 963 8574 / kfox@ohchr.org)

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