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UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights to review Australia, Uruguay, The Netherlands, Liechtenstein, Sri Lanka and Pakistan

GENEVA (23 May 2017) – The UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, which monitors implementation by States of one of the main international human rights treaties, the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural rights (ICESCR),  is meeting in Geneva from 29 May to 23 June 2017.

The Committee will review these countries on the following dates:  Australia (30-31May), Uruguay (31 May-1June), The Netherlands (1-2June), Liechtenstein (7-8 June), Sri Lanka (8-9 June) and Pakistan (12-13 June).

The above are among the 165 States that have ratified the ICESCR and so are required to be reviewed regularly by the Committee of 18 international independent experts. The Committee will also hear from NGOs and national human rights institutions.

The public sessions, which will be webcast at http://webtv.un.org/, will take place from 10:00-13:00 and 15:00-18:00 at Palais Wilson, Geneva.

More information, including submitted reports by the States, can be found here.

The Committee’s findings, officially termed concluding observations, on the countries reviewed, will be published on 27 June here.

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Background

Members of the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights are independent human rights experts drawn from around the world, who serve in their personal capacity and not as representatives of States parties. The Committee’s concluding observations are an independent assessment of States’ compliance with their human rights obligations under the treaty. More information:  http://www.ohchr.org/en/hrbodies/cescr/pages/cescrindex.aspx

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