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Revised Draft General Comment No. 37 on Article 21(Right of Peaceful Assembly) of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights

Call for Comments:

In November 2019, during its 127th session, the Human Rights Committee finalised its first reading of draft General Comment 37 on article 21 of the Covenant. The Committee now invites all interested stakeholders to comment on the Committee’s new draft (for the link to the draft, see below).

To start the process of writing General Comment 37, the Committee held a half-day discussion on 20 March 2019 during its 125th session held in Geneva from 4 to 29 March 2019. The Committee invited national human rights institutions, civil society, academia and international organizations to provide relevant information to be taken into consideration by the Committee during the preparation of the first draft. During its 126th session, the Committee commenced its first reading of the draft. The Committee completed its first review at the 127th session.

All stakeholders, including Member States, UN and regional human rights mechanisms, UN organisations or specialised agencies, national human rights institutions, civil society, and academia are invited to provide their comments on the new draft in writing to

Submissions should:

  • be submitted in one of the working languages of the Committee- in English, French or Spanish; and
  • be submitted in WORD format (no hard copies).

Comments must be submitted by 14 February 2020. To facilitate the work of the Committee, this deadline will be strictly applied. No submissions received after this deadline will be posted on the webpage.

The revised draft General Comment No. 37 is available in:



UN organizations, specialized agencies, and experts

Academia and other professionals

National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) and other national institutions


Country-specific information