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UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights to review Burkina Faso

GENEVA (6 June 2016) – The UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights is due to review Burkina Faso for the first time in meetings on Thursday 9 June and Friday 10 June.  Burkina Faso is one of the 164 States* that have ratified the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR) and so is required to report to the Committee.

The Committee, which is composed of 18 international independent human rights experts, will meet a State delegation from Burkina Faso to discuss a range of issues relating to the implementation of the ICESCR. The Committee’s meetings are public and will be held in Room XXII at Palais des Nations in Geneva. The discussions will be on 9 June from 15:00 to 18:00 (13:00 to 16:00 in Ouagadougou) and on 10 June from 10:00 to 13:00 and 15:00 to 18:00 (08:00 to 11:00 and 13:00 to 16:00 in Ouagadougou)

Burkina Faso’s initial report to the Committee and information submitted by civil society groups can be found here:  http://tbinternet.ohchr.org/_layouts/treatybodyexternal/SessionDetails1.aspx?SessionID=1059&Lang=en

The Committee will issue its findings on Burkina Faso and the other States being reviewed – France, Sweden, Honduras, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Angola and the United Kingdom - on 27 June and publish them at the above link.

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For more information, please contact: Liz Throssell + 41 22 917 9466 / +41 79 752 0488 ethrossell@ohchr.org
Media accreditation for the Palais des Nations:   http://unog.ch/80256EDD006B9C2E/(httpPages)/70991F6887C73B2280256EE700379C58?OpenDocument

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

*Check which countries have ratified the two Covenants and the other main international human rights treaties: http://indicators.ohchr.org/
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