Human Rights Committee's 125th session

Published on 31 Oct 2018, 11:07 AM

Angola, Estonia, Niger, Viet Nam, Eritrea, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines (4 - 29 March 2019)

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 125th session, the Human Rights Committee will review the State reports of Angola, Estonia, Niger and Viet Nam. The Committee will also evaluate Eritrea and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines in absence of State report.

The Committee will also adopt the List of Issues Prior to Reporting of Finland, Lesotho and the United States of America, and the lists of issues on Cabo Verde, Central African Republic, Senegal and Dominica.

The 125th session of the Human Rights Committee will take place in Geneva, Palais Wilson, from 4 to 29 March 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: 14 January 2019 ( Finland, LesothoUnited States of America, Cabo Verde, Central African RepublicSenegal and Dominica)

Deadline for NGO reports on States to be examined: 4 February 2019 (Angola, EstoniaNigerViet NamEritrea and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines)

Deadline to register for participation at the formal/informal briefings: 22 February 2019 


NGO written submissions should be sent by email to:

Gabriella Habtom

Secretary of the Human Rights Committee and

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 4 March 2019 at 11h15: Estonia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Niger and Angola

Monday 11 March 2019 at 12h15: Vietnam and Eritrea 


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, according to the following schedule: 

Monday 4 March: Estonia

Tuesday 5 March: Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

Wednesday 6 March: Niger

Thursday 7 March: Angola

Monday 11 March: Vietnam

Tuesday 12 March: Eritrea 


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 organizations wishing to attend the 125 Human Rights Committee's session MUST register online and follow the instructions for registration and for obtaining a ground pass. 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 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