GENEVA (15 July 2016) – The UN Human Rights Committee has published its findings on the civil and political rights record of countries it examined during its latest session: Denmark, Kuwait, Kazakhstan, Ghana, Ecuador, Burkina Faso and Argentina.
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=1031&Lang=en
The Human Rights Committee, composed of 18 international independent experts, monitors implementation of the ICCPR by States that have ratified the Covenant.
The Committee will next meet from 17 October to 4 November to review the following countries: Azerbaijan, Colombia, Jamaica, Morocco, Poland, Republic of Moldova and Slovakia. More details here: http://tbinternet.ohchr.org/_layouts/treatybodyexternal/SessionDetails1.aspx?SessionID=1034&Lang=en
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Human Rights Committee members 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/CCPR/Pages/CCPRIndex.aspx
50 years of the International Bill of Human Rights
2016 marks the 50th anniversary of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR). These treaties, together with the Universal Declaration on Human Rights, form the International Bill of Human Rights. A campaign by the UN Human Rights Office, entitled “Our Rights, Our Freedoms, Always”, is running throughout the year to promote and raise awareness of the two treaties, focussing on the timeless themes of rights and freedoms, in particular freedom from fear, freedom of speech, freedom of worship and freedom from want. Check the campaign website at http://2covenants.ohchr.org
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