Overview of the 129th session

Published on 28 Jul 2020, 10:57 AM

Human Rights Committee | 129th session

Virtual session of the Human Rights Committee

Due to the global outbreak of the COVID-19 virus, the 129th session of the Human Rights Committee took place online. Despite the challenges this represents, the Committee successfully adopted the General Comment on the right of peaceful assembly, follow-up reports, lists of issues and individual communications. All the State party reviews scheduled for this session were postponed to future sessions.

Decisions adopted under the individual communications procedure

Under the Optional protocol, the Committee adopted 25 decisions which cover 49 registered individual communications. 19 additional communications, which were prepared by the Petitions Section, were postponed to the 130th session. Of the 25 decisions adopted, 15 were decided on the merits (so called Views), 10 cases were declared inadmissible. Regarding the cases decided on the merits, the Committee found violations in all 15 of them. In addition to 25 drafts, eight communications were discontinued and one communication was declared admissible.

Adoption of the General Comment on the right of peaceful assembly

The Human Rights Committee adopted the General Comment on Article 21 of the ICCPR, the right of peaceful assembly. In the second reading, the Committee took note of the comments provided to them by several stakeholders, and went through almost all the paragraphs during the virtual session. 

The General Comment is available here.

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)

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CCPR NHRI Participation

Documents adopted by the Human Rights Committee (November 2012)

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