Human Rights Committee - 126th session - July 2019

Mauritania, Netherlands, Paraguay, Tajikistan, Equatorial Guinea and Nigeria

NGO representatives at the formal briefing with the Human Rights Committee

The Human Rights Committee is the body of independent experts that monitors implementation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights by its State parties.

At its 126th session, the Human Rights Committee will review the State reports of Mauritania, Netherlands, Paraguay and Tajikistan. The Committee will also evaluate Equatorial Guinea and Nigeria in absence of State report.

The List of Issues Prior to Reporting of Chile, Cyprus and Republic of Korea and the List of issues on Portugal and Uzbekistan will be adopted.

The 126th session of the Human Rights Committee will take place in Geneva, Palais Wilson, from 1 to 26 July 2019.

Deadlines for NGO submissions

The Human Rights Committee welcomes written information, which should be as specific, reliable and objective as possible, from international, regional, national and local organizations. The information/report must identify the submitting NGO, as anonymous information is not accepted, and be drafted in non-abusive language. The information must be relevant to the Committee’s mandate and the examination of the State party's report. The information should not contain names of victims except if related to public cases or if the consent of the victims or their families is obtained.

Deadline for NGO reports for List of issues/LOIPR: 13 May 2019 (Chile, Cyprus, Republic of KoreaPortugal and Uzbekistan)

Deadline for NGO reports on States to be examined: 3 June 2019 (Mauritania, Netherlands, Paraguay, TajikistanEquatorial Guinea and Nigeria)

Deadline to register for participation at the formal/informal briefings21 June 2019 


NGO written submissions should be sent by email to:

Gabriella Habtom
Secretary of the Human Rights Committee

Cherry Rosniansky
Programme Assistant of the Human Rights Committee

CCPR mailbox

No hardcopies are required.

NGO formal briefings

NGOs who have submitted a written report to the Human Rights Committee have the opportunity to speak at the formal briefing. Only one NGO representative per report submitted is allowed to take the floor at this briefing.

The NGO formal briefings will take place at the Conference Room of Palais Wilson:

  • Monday 1 July 2019 at 11h15: NGOs and NHRIs briefing on The Netherlands, Tajikistan, Nigeria and Mauritania
  • Tuesday 9 July 2019 at 12h15: NGOs and NHRIs briefing on Paraguay and Equatorial Guinea

NGO informal briefings

NGO informal briefings for each State under review at this session will be organised by the CCPR-Centre in agreement with the Human Rights Committee's Secretariat. The NGO informal briefings follow the format of Q&A: Committee members will ask questions to participating NGOs.

The NGO informal briefings will take place at Palais Wilson at Room RS-181 at 14:00 according to the following schedule:

  • Monday 1 July: The Netherlands
  • Tuesday 2 July: Tajikistan
  • Wednesday 3 July: Nigeria
  • Thursday 4 July:  Mauritania
  • Tuesday 9 July: Paraguay
  • Wednesday 10 July: Equatorial Guinea 

Register here to participate at the NGO briefings.

Guidelines for NGO participation at the Committee's reporting process

The Centre for Civil and Political Rights has released these Guidelines on the Reporting Process to the UN Human Rights Committee in EnglishFrenchSpanishArabic and Russian.

These Guidelines give an overview of the reporting process and the role of the NGOs in this process.

For more information please contact us at 

Ground pass and Accreditation

Representatives of non-governmental organisations wishing to attend the 126 Human Rights Committee's session MUST register online for obtaining a ground pass to have access to the session.

Rules of Procedure of the Human Rights Committee

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

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CCPR NGO Participation

Documents adopted by the Human Rights Committee (March 2012)

English | French | Spanish | Russian | Handbook

CCPR NHRI Participation

Documents adopted by the Human Rights Committee (November 2012)

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