Human Rights Committee’s 123rd session

Algeria, Bahrain, Gambia, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Lithuania and Liberia scheduled for review (2 – 27 July 2018)

NGO representatives at the 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 123rd session, the Human Rights Committee will review the State reports of Algeria, Bahrain, Lao People’s Democratic Republic, Lithuania and Liberia. The Committee will also evaluate Gambia in absence of State report.

The Committee will also adopt the List of Issues of Angola, Niger and Vietnam and the List of Issues Prior to Reporting of Germany and Israel. List of issues in the absence of a report will be adopted on Eritrea and Nigeria.

The 123rd session of the Human Rights Committee will take place in Geneva, Palais Wilson, from 2 to 27 July 2018.

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.

The deadlines for NGO submissions are the following:

NGO written submissions should be sent by email to:

Gabriella Habtom

Secretary of the Human Rights Committee

ghabtom@ohchr.org and 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 according to the following schedule:

Monday 2 July at 11h15: Bahrain, Algeria and Gambia

Monday 9 July at 12h15: Liberia, Lithuania and Laos People's Democratic Republic

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 14h00 on the following dates:

Tuesday 3 July: Bahrain

Wednesday 4 July: Algeria

Thursday 5 July: Gambia

Monday 9 July: Liberia

Tuesday 10 July: Lithuania

Wednesday 11 July: Laos People's Democratic Republic

To register for participation at the formal and informal NGO briefings, please complete and submit this form.

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 organizations wishing to attend the 123 Human Rights Committee's session MUST register online and follow the instructions for registration and for obtaining a ground pass. Deadline for registration is 22 June 2018. For registration, click here

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