Human Rights Committee - 127th session – October and November 2019

Belgium, Cabo Verde, Central African Republic, Czech Republic, Mexico and Senegal under review.

Informal Briefing during 126th Sessions.

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 127th session, the Human Rights Committee will review the State reports of Belgium, Cabo Verde, Central African Republic, Czech Republic, Mexico and Senegal.

The List of Issues Prior to Reporting of Croatia and Spain,  and the List of issues on Bolivia, Nicaragua and Ukraine will be adopted.

The 127th session of the Human Rights Committee will take place in Geneva, Palais Wilson, from 14 October to 8 November 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: 30 August 2019 (Croatia, Spain, BoliviaNicaragua and Ukraine)

Deadline for NGO reports on States to be examined: 16 September 2019 (Belgium, Cabo Verde, Central African Republic, Czech Republic, Mexico and Senegal)

Deadline to register for participation at the formal/informal briefings4 October 2019 

Written Submissions

NGO written submissions should be sent by email to:

Gabriella Habtom
Secretary of the Human Rights Committee
ghabtom@ohchr.org

Cherry Rosniansky
Programme Assistant of the Human Rights Committee
crosniansky@ohchr.org

CCPR mailbox
ccpr@ohchr.org

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 14 October 2019 at 11h00: NGOs and NHRIs briefing on Senegal, Belgium, Mexico and Czech Republic.
  • Monday 21 October 2019 at 12h15: NGOs and NHRIs briefing on Cental African Republic and Cabo Verde 

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.

Exceptionally, the Committee may receive informal briefings through videoconference. 

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

  • Monday 14 October: Senegal
  • Tuesday 15 October: Belgium
  • Wednesday 16 October: Mexico
  • Thursday 17 July:  Czech Republic
  • Monday 21 October: Central African Republic
  • Tuesday 22 July: Cabo Verde

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 info@ccprcentre.org 

Ground pass and Accreditation

Representatives of non-governmental organisations wishing to attend the 127 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)

English | French | Spanish | Russian | Arabic | Chinese