Overview of the 132nd Session

Published on 14 Jul 2021, 06:16 PM

28 jun 2021 - 23 jul 2021

122nd Session of the Human Rights Committee in March 2018

The 132nd Session of the Human Rights Committee was held remotely, being the fourth session online since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic in March 2020.

Ms. Photini Pazartzis, the Chair of the Committee, opened the session by paying tribute to Christof Heyns and his remarkable contribution to the Committee’s work. She also stressed the challenges caused by remote sessions and the resulting delays in state reviews.

47 decisions adopted on Individual Communications

The Committee adopted 47 decisions on individual communications. From these, 7 were declared inadmissible, 8 were discontinued and 32 were decided on the merits or views. 

Regarding the cases which were declared admissible and decided on the merits, the Committee found the following:

  • 27 violations
  • 5 non-violations

 Finally, the Committee had to postpone to next session the consideration of only 1 communication.

Challenges of online sessions and importance of in-person ones

In line with Ms Pazartzis, Simon Walker, Chief of Section in the Human Rights Treaties Branch, Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, stressed the challenges of online sessions in his opening statement. He congratulated the Committee for its excellent work despite the technical, language and time-based difficulties but stressed the need to move back to in-person meetings as being in all stakeholders’ best interests.

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