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Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights concludes fifty-fifth session

Committee on Economic, Social
  and Cultural Rights

19 June 2015

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Adopts Concluding Observations and Recommendations on Reports of Kyrgyzstan, Venezuela, Mongolia, Thailand, Ireland, Chile and Uganda

The Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights this afternoon concluded its fifty-fifth session after adopting its concluding observations and recommendations on the reports of Kyrgyzstan, Venezuela, Mongolia, Thailand, Ireland, Chile and Uganda on their implementation of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.

The Committee’s concluding observations and recommendations for the seven reports will be available on the Committee’s webpage on Monday, 22 June at the end of the day. 

In closing remarks, the Chairperson of the Committee, Waleed Sadi, said that during the three-week session, the Committee had conducted dialogues with representatives of the seven States parties with respect to their reports submitted, but regretted that the possibility to engage in a fruitful dialogue with the delegation of Uganda was limited by the absence of a large part of the delegation.  The Committee also held a very fruitful Day of General Discussion in the context of the elaboration of the General Comment on the right to just and favourable conditions of work.  They had proceeded with the work under the Optional Protocol, considered  communications under the  Optional Protocol, and adopted their first Views on an individual communication.  The Committee had also discussed the upcoming fiftieth anniversaries of the two Covenants in 2016.

The session began by hearing from James Heenan, Chief of the Groups in Focus Section, Human Rights Treaties Division at the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.  The Committee also heard from a national human rights institution and non-governmental organizations from Kyrgyzstan, Venezuela, Mongolia and Thailand in order to receive information with respect to the country reports bring reviewed during the session.  It discussed organizational matters and its methods of work.

The country reports, common core documents, written replies, lists of issues, parallel reports and other session documents before the Committee are accessible on the Committee’s webpage in various official United Nations languages.

The Committee’s fifty-sixth session will be held from 21 September to 9 October 2015 during which it is scheduled to consider the reports of Burundi, Greece, Guyana, Iraq, Italy, Morocco and Sudan.  

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