About the Centre

The Centre for Civil and Political Rights (CCPR-Centre) works to promote the participation of NGOs in the work of the Human Rights Committee.

By raising awareness, strengthening the capacity of the NGOs and providing technical and legal support at all stages of the reporting process and the individual complaint procedure. One of the CCPR-Centre's priorities is promoting the use of the Human Rights Committee's follow-up procedure.

The CCPR-Centre also aims at ensuring that the work of the Human Rights Committee is fully taken into account in the framework of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) established by the Human Rights Council.

The CCPR-Centre targets national and regional NGOs, as well as thematic NGOs whose mandates relate to the ICCPR.

The Centre for Civil and Political Rights mission is to:

  • Build the capacity of and support NGOs in their activities related to the reporting process.
  • Promote the role and the participation of the NGOs in the Human Rights Committee's reporting procedure.
  • Reinforce the involvement of the NGOs in the follow-up to the Recommendations (Concluding Observations).
  • Build the capacity of and support NGOs in their activities related to the individual complaints procedure, in particular the follow-up

The Centre for Civil and Political Rights Board has endorsed a 3 year strategic framework for the period 2015-2017. The launch of the strategy coincides with the first external evaluation of the Centre

The evaluator shared some of the comments received during her assignment.

They included a comment from a human rights defenders:

"That is what the Centre was really useful for. To sit down, discuss human rights in a non-confrontational, non-politicized manner, to look into how to reach improvements ".

A participant in one of our activities said "I am not sure I have any recommendation to do better. It was perfect."

Beyond the praising comments, the evaluation report highlights relevant and practical recommendations which the Centre is currently working to implement.

Each year the CCPR-Centre runs projects with national NGOs
in between four and seven key countries
to support the NGOs engagement with the Human Rights Committee All these
projects follow the same format, but this can be adjusted to respond to
the specific needs of national NGOs.

The projects have three phases which provide the NGOs with practical support throughout the reporting procedure:

 

For more information read our annual reports:

Rules of Procedure of the Human Rights Committee

Rules of Procedure of the Human Rights Committee CCPR/C/3/Rev.10

Arabic | Chinese | English | French | Russian | Spanish

CCPR NGO and NHRI Participation

Documents adopted by the Human Rights Committee (March 2012)

English | French | Spanish | Russian | Handbook