Human Rights Committee - 128th session - March 2020

Published on 06 Nov 2019, 03:46 PM

Central African Republic, Dominica, Portugal, Tunisia and Uzbekistan under review

Three members from civil society of Senegal during an informal briefing during the 127th session of 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 128th session, the Human Rights Committee will review the State reports of Central African Republic, Dominica, Portugal, Tunisia and Uzbekistan.

The List of Issues Prior to Reporting of Burkina Faso, Montenegro, Somalia and the United Kingdom and the List of issues on Haiti, Kenya, Philippines and Sri Lanka will be adopted.

The 128th session of the Human Rights Committee will take place in Geneva, Palais Wilson, from 2 March to 27 March 2020.

Deadlines for NGO participation

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: 13 January 2020  (Haiti, Kenya, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Burkina Faso, Montenegro, Somalia, United Kingdom)
  • Deadline for NGO reports for the review of States: 3 February 2020 (Central African Republic, Dominica, Portugal, Tunisia, Uzbekistan)
  • Deadline for follow-up reports: 2 December 2019 (Colombia, Costa Rica, Poland, Slovenia)
  • Deadline to register for participation at the formal/informal briefings: 22 February 2020

Written submissions

NGO written submissions should be sent by email to:

  • Gabriella Habtom, Secretary of the Human Rights Committee:
  • Cherry Rosniansky, Programme Assistant of the Human Rights Committee:
  • CCPR mailbox:

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 in Geneva. Only one NGO representative per report submitted is allowed to take the floor at this briefing.

NGO formal briefings will take place on the following dates:

  • Monday 2 March 2020 at 11h00: Uzbekistan, Tunisia, Central African Republic and Portugal 
  • Monday 9 March 2020 at 10h30: Dominica

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. 

NGO informal briefings will take place at Palais Wilson at 14h00 on the following dates:

  • 2 March 2020: Uzbekistan
  • 3 March 2020: Tunisia
  • 4 March 2020: Central African Republic
  • 5 March 2020: Portugal
  • 10 March 2020: Dominica

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 published 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 128th session of the Human Rights Committee MUST register online for obtaining a ground pass to have access to the session.

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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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