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Human Rights Committee Adopts Report on Follow-up to Concluding Observations and Report on Follow-up to Views

4 November 2021

The Human Rights Committee this afternoon adopted a report on follow-up to concluding observations concerning the Dominican Republic, Hungary, Jordan and Mauritius, as well as a report on follow-up to views concerning individual communications relating to Finland, Kyrgyzstan, Mexico, Netherlands, Russian Federation and Uzbekistan.

Vasilika Sancin, Committee Rapporteur on follow-up to concluding observations, said with regard to the Dominican Republic, the three issues suggested for follow-up were non-discrimination, voluntary termination of pregnancy and reproductive health, and statelessness. 

The three issues suggested for follow-up concerning Hungary were holding migrants in transit areas and immigration detention, non-refoulement and excessive use of force, and the “Stop-Soros” package. 

Concerning Jordan, the three follow-up issues were violence against women, the right to life, liberty and security of person and treatment of persons deprived of their liberty, and refugees and non-refoulement. 

As for Mauritius, the three issues concerned the national human rights commission, refugees, asylum seekers and stateless persons, and juvenile justice. 

The Committee adopted the report on follow-up to concluding observations after discussing the rating to be given to each issue depending on the response of the State party.  The report will be available on the website of the Committee.  Ms. Sancin said that a letter should be sent to each State party to inform them of the discontinuation of the procedure. 

Jose Manuel Santos Pais, Committee Rapporteur on follow-up to views, said the individual communication concerning Finland related to the right to vote in elections by the Sami people.  He suggested that a meeting with the State party be held in March 2022 in order to express the concerns of the Committee. 

With regard to Kyrgyzstan, the communication concerned the case of a person taken before a court without being informed as to why and who was not provided with legal assistance.  The Rapporteur said that the outcome of the issue was still problematic, and that follow-up should continue, including communication with a representative of the State party during a later session. 

On Mexico, the communication concerned a case of enforced disappearance.  The Rapporteur proposed to continue the dialogue and to request the presence of a representative of the State party at a later session in order to express its concerns on the outcome of the investigation. 

With regard to the Netherlands and a case concerning an unaccompanied minor, he suggested that the Committee should send a note expressing dissatisfaction with this situation, but should not keep the case pending, given the flat denial by the State party. 

As for the Russian Federation and a case of cruel and inhuman treatment and arbitrary detention, the Rapporteur said that a follow-up dialogue should be ongoing. 
With regard to Uzbekistan and a case of unlawful and arbitrary hospitalisation and detention and the right to judicial review, the Rapporteur said that due to the non-implementation of the Committee’s views, a follow-up dialogue should be ongoing. 

The Committee then adopted the follow-up report on views with amendments agreed upon by the rest of the Committee.  The report will be available on the website of the Committee. 

Documents related to the Committee’s one hundred and thirty-third session, including reports submitted by States parties, are available on the session’s webpage.  The meeting summary releases prepared on the public meetings of the Committee can be found here.  The webcast of the Committee’s public meetings can be accessed at http://webtv.un.org/.

The Committee will next meet at 10 a.m. on Friday, 5 November to adopt its concluding observations on the reports of Germany, Armenia, Botswana and Ukraine, which were reviewed during the session, and close the session.

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