During the 4th international Conference organized by Cure on Human Rights and prison reform, FIACAT has been asked to give a presentation on the work undertaken by non-governmental organisations with the United Nations Human Rights Committee. FIACAT remarks also deal more widely with the way in which NGOs can support the Committee’s work and have their concerns raised by a UN body.
Since the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948, States have signed up to the nine core international human rights treaties.
The eight human rights treaty bodies created in accordance with the provisions of the treaty that they monitor are committees of independent experts.
The Human Rights Committee is one of those bodies. It is responsible for seeing to it that the 164 States Parties comply with their obligations under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the two optional protocols thereto. It is made up of 18 independent experts, who meet three times a year in New York or Geneva.
So, how can we work with the Committee? How can we influence its recommendations? How can we inform it of the civil and political rights situation in a country?