117th session in brief
Overview of the 117th Session of the Human Rights Committee (June- July 2016)
At its 117th session (20th June to 15th July 2016) the Human Rights Committee reviewed the reports of seven States on the implementation of the ICCPR: Denmark, Kuwait, Kazakhstan, Ghana, Ecuador, Burkina Faso and Argentina.
The Committee also adopted the Lists of Issues in relation to the reports of four States: Italy, Serbia, Thailand and Turkmenistan and the List of Issues Prior to Reporting in relation to three States: Belgium, Lithuania and Norway.
The text adopted on the Follow-up Concluding Observations assesses the recent information received on the implementation of the Committee’s recommendations in relation to Germany, Hong Kong (China), Czech Republic, Bolivia, United States of America, Latvia and Sri Lanka.
In addition, the Committee held four public meetings to continue the discussion regarding the first draft of a General Comment on article 6 (Right to Life) of the ICCPR.
Furthermore, the Committee had a meeting with the European Court and another meeting with the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the two Covenants.
40 individual communications were adopted, 17 were found to have violations, 6 with no violations, 6 were inadmissible, 1 was admissible, 1 was suspended and 9 were discontinued.
"This is a momentous time for the twin Covenants as we all celebrate their 50th anniversary."