120th session in brief

Overview of the 120th session of the Human Rights Committee (3-28 July 2017)

NGO representatives attending the briefing on the first day of the 120th session of the Human Rights Committee

The 120th session of the Human Rights Committee took place in Geneva from the 3rd to the 28th of July 2017. 

Examination of seven countries, adoption of List of Issues and follow-up report

The Committee reviewed the reports of six States on the implementation of the ICCPR: Honduras, Liechtenstein, Madagascar, Mongolia, Pakistan and Switzerland.

It also reviewed Swaziland in absence of State report.

The the Lists of Issues in relation to the reports of Lebanon and Liberia, as well as the List of Issues Prior to Reporting (simplified reporting procedure) in relation to Chad, Czech Republic, Peru were adopted and will be available in the coming weeks.

The report adopted on the Follow-up to Concluding Observations assesses the recent information received on the implementation of the Committee’s recommendations in relation to four States: Japan, Kyrgyzstan, Finland and Iceland. The report will be public in the coming weeks.

37 Views adopted under the individual communication procedure

37 individual communications were examined, out of which 17 were found to have violations, 3 with no violation, 8 were inadmissible, 2 were admissible (merits will be discussed at the next session) and 7 were discontinued.

The Committee also adopted its report on the Follow-up to the Views, which analyses the progress on the implementation of recommendations based on the information received in relation to individual communications. The follow-up report will soon be made public.

First reading of the General Comment on right to life completed

The Human Rights Committee finalised its first reading of draft General Comment on article 6 of the ICCPR on the right to life and invites all interested stakeholders to comment on the Committee’s Draft by 6 October 2017.

Rules of Procedure of the Human Rights Committee

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CCPR NGO and NHRI Participation

Documents adopted by the Human Rights Committee (March 2012)

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