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UN Human Rights Committee publishes findings on South Africa, Namibia, Sweden, New Zealand, Slovenia, Costa Rica, Rwanda 

GENEVA (30 March 2016) – The UN Human Rights Committee has published its findings on the countries it examined during its latest session:   South Africa, Namibia, Sweden, New Zealand, Slovenia, Costa Rica and Rwanda.

The findings, officially termed concluding observations, contain positive aspects of the respective State’s implementation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), and also main matters of concern and recommendations.  The concluding observations are published here: http://tbinternet.ohchr.org/_layouts/treatybodyexternal/SessionDetails1.aspx?SessionID=1016&Lang=en

The Human Rights Committee, composed of 18 international independent experts, monitors implementation of the ICCPR by States that have ratified the Covenant.
It will next meet from 20 June to 15 July to review Argentina, Burkina Faso, Denmark, Ecuador, Ghana, Kazakhstan and Kuwait. More information here: http://tbinternet.ohchr.org/_layouts/treatybodyexternal/SessionDetails1.aspx?SessionID=1031&Lang=en

Our Rights, Our Freedoms, Always - #4Freedoms
The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR) are marking their 50th anniversary in 2016. The UN Human Rights Office is running a campaign, entitled “Our Rights, Our Freedoms, Always”,  throughout the year to promote and raise awareness of the two treaties. The campaign is focusing on the timeless themes of rights and freedoms, in particular freedom from fear, freedom of speech, freedom of worship and freedom from want, and the work that continues to secure and ensure them. Check the campaign website at http://2covenants.ohchr.org

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Background
Members of the Human Rights Committee members are independent 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 on the Human Rights Committee: http://www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/CCPR/Pages/CCPRIndex.aspx

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