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Human Rights Committee adopts progress reports on follow-up to its concluding observations and on follow-up to views

​30 October 2020

The Human Rights Committee this afternoon adopted progress reports by the Special Rapporteur on follow-up to concluding observations and by the Special Rapporteur on follow-up to views.

According to the Committee’s procedure, the Committee selects a minimum of two and maximum of four recommendations, termed the follow-up recommendations, to be included in the follow-up procedure; these recommendations are indicated in the Committee’s concluding observations issued to a State party following their review by the Committee.  When reviewing follow-up reports, the Committee assesses the replies using the scale from A for largely satisfactory reply to E for replies that indicate that the measures taken go against the Committee’s recommendations.

Marcia Kran, Committee Expert and the Special Rapporteur on follow-up to concluding observations, presented the Committee’s assessment of the follow-up reports provided by Eswatini, Madagascar, Honduras and Serbia.  The draft text was adopted by the Committee as amended during the discussion and will be available on the web page dedicated to the follow-up procedure for concluding observations. 

The Committee also adopted a report on the follow-up to views as amended after the consideration of communications from individuals claiming a violation of their rights under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.  The text, presented by Andreas Zimmermann, Committee Member and the Special Rapporteur on follow-up to views, concerned six communications from five States parties to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, namely Chile, Côte d’Ivoire, Mexico, Paraguay and Uzbekistan.  The report contained evaluations of the responses received on measures taken by States parties in this context.  The Committee’s assessment of the replies follows the same scoring principle described above for the concluding observations. 

All the documents relating to the Committee’s work, including reports submitted by States parties, can be found on thesession’s webpage.  The webcast of the Committee’s public meetings is available at UN Web TV.

The Committee will next meet in public at 4 p.m. on Friday, 6 November to close its one hundred and thirtieth session.

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